COFFEE MAKERS

Piston Pressure (strong espresso)

Period: 1960 - 1970
System: Piston pressure
Second version of the famous Europiccola produced by La Pavoni in Milan, still on sale today with small alterations and the addition of a pressure controller, produced with a painted hammered steel base and chrome-plated body.

Period: 1960 - 1970
System: Piston pressure
The Microcimbali produced by La Cimbali in Binasco, Milan, is the home version of the bar model. Built with a painted steel base in various colours and a cast aluminium body. The sight glass set on the front of the machine body makes it possible to check the level of the water in the boiler and follow the movement of the piston spring.

Period: 1960 - 1970
System: Piston pressure
The La Peppina model, sold by Carimali in Milan and produced by Fe-Ar, carries a name which was evocative for coffee preparation in the Sixties. Produced in painted, chrome-plated and enamelled steel. Unlike other machines, the lever which gives the water pressure is not set on the body of the machine, but on the base and connected to the piston with a set of internal levers.
Period: 1960 - 1970
System: Piston pressure
This first model of the Caravel produced by Arrarex in Milan features an elegant, refined shape and is made in painted steel with a chrome-plated brass boiler. The traditional piston lever has been replaced with a handle which is easier to grip.
Period: 1950 - 1960
System: Piston pressure (strong espresso)
Famous Gilda 54 coffee maker (also called rabbit’s ears) produced by Gaggia in Milan. Built in aluminium, chrome-plated steel and Bakelite. Two cup capacity. The telescopic levers are lowered to raise the piston and load the boiling water into the portafilter containing the ground coffee. Slowly releasing the levers, a powerful spring with pressure pushes the piston towards the infusion to pour the coffee cream known as crema into the cup.
Period: 1950 - 1960
System: Piston pressure (strong espresso)
Gilda model produced by Gaggia in Mila. Produced entirely in chiselled aluminium with chrome-plated steel and Bakelite handles. Two cup capacity. The innovation which invaded Italian coffee bars during the post-war period (1948) with the introduction of the piston system produced by Achille Gaggia from Milan, was also echoed in the preparation of coffee at home. The previous ‘steam’ system had the flaw of making the coffee particularly bitter with a burnt flavour. Gaggia removed the steam: boiling water pushed hard through the coffee filter by means of a piston operated by a manually loaded spring was enough to produce the very best coffee. This was the beginning of the coffee cream, or crema, era.

Period: 1950 - 1960
System: Piston pressure (strong espresso)
Faemina model produced by Officine FAEMA in Milan with a chrome-plated cast aluminium base and body chrome-plated brass body. This is a large, heavy machine (10 Kg) for home use. The sight glass, set on the front of the body of the machine, enables the user to watch the water filling up and the piston spring.

Period: 1950 - 1960
System: Piston pressure (strong espresso)
Produced by FAEMA in Milan, the Baby Faemina is made of cast aluminium and painted in various colours. Manual pressure operation. Two cup capacity. This manual machine has an unusual shape and the water had to be heated separately, poured into the portafilter and pushed through the ground coffee lowering the two ‘antennae’ with the same movement as a corkscrew.
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