Two years of in-depth research carried out all over the world discovering coffee makers, valuable machines photographed in the homes of the most important collectors. An encyclopaedia of thousands of images featuring original documents – patents, catalogues, manuals, advertising postcards, operating diagrams – and detailed technical captions, but also a pleasant read packed with interesting information and anecdotes which had never before been published.
Four hundred years of history, from the origins of coffee with its complicated ceremonials and simple equipment to today’s electric espresso machines. An exhaustive work for coffee lovers, which will also interest those who are just discovering the fascinating machines used for the daily ritual of coffee preparation.
- 2700 images
- 60 technical drawings depicting how the machines work
- 220 advertising postcards and posters from various periods
- 76 coffee-themed paper seals for letters produced between 1930 and 1950
- 40 images of instructions showing how the machines work
- 55 images of original patents
- 35 images of original catalogues
- 55 pages of texts of historical research
- 2080 detailed captions
- Enrico Maltoni was born in Forlì on 2nd December 1970 and lives and works entre (Ancona) e San Leo (Rimini), Italy. He is both an expert on and collector of antique espresso coffee makers and old books on the topic. In 2001 he published Espresso made in Italy 1901- 1962: the book has been reprinted three times and 9000 copies have been sold. Enrico is the co-author of Il libro completo del caffè (De Agostini Editore, 2005), his contributions have also appeared in Il Caffè (Giunti Editore, 2009) and in 2009, he wrote Faema Espresso 1945-2010. In 2012, he co-founded MUMAC, the Museum of Coffee-Making Machines in association with Gruppo Cimbali, in Binasco, Milan. MUMAC is the most important museum in the world dedicated to the history and culture of espresso machines for coffee bars.
- Mauro Carli was born on 2nd December 1961 in Cecina, a small Italian coastal town in the province of Livorno, Tuscany, where he still lives and works as a designer for the building industry. He has been collecting coffee makers for home use for over thirty years. His interest in industrial design and research – following his university studies at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence – has led him to combine his collecting with the historiographic and iconographic study of patents and treatises on the topic, especially those published in the 19th century. In terms of historical completeness regards the chronological order of the examples and systems he has gathered together, his collection should be considered among the most important and best qualified in the world.