From La Marzocco’s headquarters in Scarperia, just outside of Florence, the Italian king of espresso machinery is still an artisanal operation.

Following the buzz of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair earlier this year, where design aficionados scour showrooms for the latest interiors trends from Italy, the Zona Tortona neighbourhood was again percolating with fresh ideas on how to best make another beloved Italian export: espresso.