The latter is the next generation of percolator-type coffee pots and includes an unitentionally funny instruction sheet written in an Italian-to-English version of Engrish:
Fill with cold water the little tank without exceeding the hole of the safety valve.
Let me tell you -- this is the little tank that can. A very rich coffee that is good, good, good.
Got a phone call around 9-ish from my parents-in-law. Still waiting for a call from my own parents. They probably don't think I'm awake yet. 0:-p
UPDATE: Mom called at 10:15. :-) I teased her about my in-laws beating her to the punch.
UPDATE II: Rich has named the coffeepot "Perky." (Most gadgets in our home have their own names.)
UPDATE III: Ahhhh! Perky makes six espresso-sized servings of really strong coffee, which I downed in one sitting this morning! Wow. Boing! Zappo!!!