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Do old Italian stovetop espresso makers contain lead?

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Do old Italian stovetop espresso makers contain lead?

EspressoMeister | Dec 11, 2002 08:13 PM

I picked up one of the old Italian stovetop espresso makers at a flea market this weekend for about a dollar. (It's not a real espresso maker; it's the type where you put the water in the bottom of the unit, it steams through the coffee grounds an collects in the top part, producing a strong tasty brew, although not real espresso. Williams-Sonoma sells similar models.) I didn't really think about it at the time, but it looks like it could be made of pewter, and therefore be a lead hazard. Does anyone know if this could be true? While I want to get full value out of my one dollar investment, I don't want to die of lead poisoning.

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