100 YEARS OF THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND DESIGN OF ESPRESSO MACHINES
The Collection and the Collector
Like many other collections, Mauro Carli's started when, in 1992, he found an old coffee machine in his cellar, inherited from his family, which was an unusual shape and had a strange way of working.
The collector's curiosity about the existence of other similar objects produced for the daily ritual of making coffee, drove Carli to look in dozens of flea markets, antiques fairs and on-line international auctions.
Thus, a door opened onto an infinite world of complicated extraction systems, machines, apparatus, alembics, unexpected shapes and materials which went well beyond the familiar Moka or Eduardo De Filippo's famous Napoletana.
In order to select, understand and catalogue the many different pieces he found, it became necessary for Carli to study the bibliography of coffee machines and exchange information constantly with those working in the 'world of coffee'.
Mauro Carli's research still continues today, in a more accurate way and with more awareness given that, thanks to the collector's particularly well-trained eye and endless patience, flea markets and on-line auctions still offer many surprises.
The Mauro Carli Collection, from which the images on these pages come, currently counts 400 pieces from all over the world and various periods ranging from the first half of the 19th century to the 1960s.
Bibliography to find out more:
E.C. Kvetko & D. Congdon-Martin, Coffee Antiques, U.S.A. 2000
I.Bersten, COFFEE FLOATS - TEA SINKS, Sydney 1993
A. Fumagalli, MACCHINE DA CAFFE’, Milano 1990
H. Grégoire, IL CAFFE’ E I SUOI OGGETTI, Torino 1989
E. & J.Bramah, L’ ARTE DI FARE IL CAFFE’, Bergamo 1989
W.H. Ukers, ALL ABOUT COFFEE, New York 1922