100 YEARS OF THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND DESIGN OF ESPRESSO MACHINES
AUTHORS - Enrico Maltoni
Enrico Maltoni was born in Forlì on 2nd December 1970.
Lives in Sirolo but works in San Leo (Rimini). As an expert and collector of antique espresso coffee makers and old books on the topic, he created the world’s first travelling exhibition devoted to these fascinating machines. It has taken him over twenty years of investigation, rescue and restoration work to put together his extensive collection. The 'Espresso made in Italy 1901-2010' exhibition displays rare, extremely valuable models dating back to the early 20th century. So far Enrico’s exhibition has been shown in 45 different locations across 4 continents.
He was awarded the one and only SCAE prize for the 'Excellence of Coffee 2006' in the 'Young Entrepreneur Award 2006' category for his project, beating five competitors from all over Europe. Enrico owns an historical archive of more than 10,000 reference documents and patents.
In 2001, he published his first book 'Espresso made in Italy 1901-1962' (Collezione Enrico Maltoni Editore, 2001) describing over two hundred beautiful espresso machines for bars (property of Collezione Maltoni) saved from the wear and tear of time. The book has been reprinted three times and 9,000 copies have been sold to date. Enrico is also the co-author of 'Il libro completo del caffè' (De Agostini Editore, 2005). His contributions have also appeared in Il Caffè (Giunti Editore, 2009).
In 2009, he presented a new book 'Faema Espresso 1945-2010' at the Host trade fair in Milan as both author and publisher. This book deals with the history of the Faema brand and its founder - Carlo Ernesto Valente.
Enrico liaises with important Italian and foreign universities where he gives lectures and runs workshops about the history, culture and design of espresso machines. Since 2001, he has been working with the prestigious Lavazza brand.
He has taken part in several TV programmes as a collector and top expert in this field, such as the Maurizio Costanzo Show on Canale 5; Uno Mattina on Rai Uno; Tg Uno Economia on Rai Uno; Geo & Geo on Rai Tre; L’Italiana on Rai International; and Sit Cook on the Gambero Rosso Channel. He has also contributed to the production of two documentaries for a series entitled Tutto fa Storia broadcast by the History Channel, as well as the film "Une Planète Couleur Café". He is currently working with Gaggia S.p.A.
In 2012, Enrico inaugurated MUMAC, the Museum of Coffee-Making Machines, located in Binasco (Milan) in association with Gruppo Cimbali. MUMAC is the most important museum in the world dedicated to the history and culture of espresso machines for coffee bars. The museum houses the Archive (books, documents, objects) and the Collezione Maltoni, over two hundred exhibits in a permanent exhibition: The Archive and the Collezione Maltoni is currently the most important body of documents and findings on this subject.