No espresso maker? No problem.
For the coffee, get yourself a Moka, which is a very affordable, easy-to-use coffee brewing pot that could be found in every 20th century Italian-American kitchen. A finely ground, dark roast coffee is best. If you're unsure about which coffee to use, buy a can labelled for use with a moka pot. We use this. My mother always had this brand in the kitchen, and I'm pretty sure I recall seeing this brand used by some of my extended family.
Italian coffee wasn't our everyday coffee. It was for big Italian meals with family on weekends. The coffee was consumed with sugar or a spritz of anisette liqueur. No one made cappuccino or caffè lattes, which were considered breakfast coffees, but I think I'm going try the method in the video to make cappuccino on the cheap.