“History meets history”: Italian espresso coffee makes a stop in Bobbio

From July 18 to 24, Bobbio will host “The Italian Espresso between heritage and contemporaneity”, an event dedicated to espresso coffee.


Medieval architecture, culture and traditions merge with one of the historical masterpieces of Made in Italy: espresso coffee. Thus was born “The Italian espresso between heritage and present”: a real fair that will include several events from 18 to 24 July. The heart of the initiative is the temporary exhibition of coffee machines set up in the convent of San Colombano di Bobbio and curated by MUMAC, the Cimbali Group Coffee Machine Museum. Sponsored by the FAI Delegation of Piacenza and the FAI Group of Bobbio, the initiative is carried out in collaboration with the City of Bobbio: The main characters are some of the most beautiful professional espresso coffee machines from the beginning of the 20th century to today.

Including the Roma column machine (Rex model from 1926)the simple rationalist style (1940)Leave the Cimbali machine Greatlight (1955)the stamp Aurora Brugnetti (1955)and Faema handles Urania (1957), the timeless e61 of 1961 and La Cimbali hydraulics Pythagoras (1962), winner of the Compasso d’Oro and icon of an era, And the semi-automatic and colorful Faema Prestige, pop pattern of 1972.

A real journey through time, design and technology that from the beginning of the 20th century reaches today with the La Cimbali M200 models (launched in 2021)La Cimbali S15 (which will be in operation) and Faemina by Faema, the new espresso coffee machine designed for the home, small businesses and concept stores, launched in 2021 at the Salone del Mobile.

The exhibition will also accommodate another type of art, that of the Milanese group of Urban Sketchers, a local branch of the global movement that brings together drawing enthusiasts who specialize in understanding the beauty of a place, understanding its differences, each with its own. style and technique. An “exhibition in the exhibition”, which will see some of the drawings made in a live performance held by the artists during Milan Design Week 2022 at MUMAC.

The exhibition, with free and open admission, will be inaugurated on Monday 18 July at 18.00 in the presence of the local authorities.

Second appointment of the event, the presentation of the book “SENSO ESPRESSO. Coffee. Style. Emotions”, curated by MUMAC and published by Antiga Edizioni, in which a picture of Bobbio’s Ponte Vecchio has been inserted as an emblem of the timeless enchantment of Italian beauty The presentation will be held on Saturday 23 July at 6 pm in Sala Daverio at the Bobbio City Hall, with the presence of the speakers from Roberto Pasquali, The mayor of the city, Letizia Anelli, Head of the FAI delegation in Piacenza, Edgardo FerreroService Director for Gruppo Cimbali and contributor to the book’s historical-scientific content, Barbara FogliaMUMAC Manager and coordinator of the editorial project, Enrico Maltonicollector and co-founder of MUMAC, Francesca TrammaCurator of the historical archive of the Corriere della Sera, among the archives of the Museimpresa, which contributed photos and documents to enrich the volume.

“It’s a unique opportunity for us to tell the story of Italian espresso coffee through our machines and through a volume that aims to be a symbol of Italian style in the world, in one of the symbolic places of beauty – he explains. Barbara Foglia, Mumac Manager -. Abbey of San Colombano is a place to visit, immersed in the heart of one of the most significant villages in Italy, Bobbio, chosen for Borgo dei borghi 2019: the ideal place where history meets history, espresso coffee, always a symbol of Lavet in Italy and in one of the most important monastic centers in Europe “.

“It is a great pleasure for our city to host an Italian expertise such as the Cimbali Group. The Monastery of San Colombano is a suggestive place where the past meets the present and a wonderful setting for an initiative of this type.” – says the mayor of Bobbio Roberto Pasquali and adds – “The prestigious release of the Mumac Museum, in which Bobbio is mentioned, fills us with pride and forces us to work to ensure that our Borgo can increasingly advocate for the beauty and expertise that enhances Italian creativity. exhibiting the coffee machines that have created the history of Italian espresso in the world will be an additional opportunity to learn about the formidable innovations that have characterized the production of espresso in public Bobbio and Italian shops, and admire the architectural beauties of the place. “

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