I’m back in LA this week, and staying with my friends Ron and Steve, who have been the source of numerous recommendations here at BKB. The latest is their coffee maker, the Krups Moka Brew. Ron and Steve are serious about things culinary and design. And I was struck by the unusual design of their coffee maker. It’s elegant and unusual, and reflects an unusual steam brewing process that results in a refined, strong, smooth, Italian-style cup of coffee with half the amount of coffee as traditional drip coffee makers. In 2004, US News & World Report rated it tops for best flavor. The model was unavailable in the US for a while, but it’s back in stock at Amazon.com for $112.