Bobbio, “The Italian espresso between heritage and the present”

“History meets history”
The Italian espresso makes a stop at the convent of San Colombano in Bobbio
The temporary exhibition curated by MUMAC under the auspices of the FAI Piacenza Gruppo di Bobbio is underway

Appointment from 18 to 24 July 2022 to admire the most beautiful professional espresso coffee machines from the early 20th century to today. A journey through time, design and technology through the habits and customs of espresso coffee, which has always been the legacy and excellence of Made in Italy

Medieval architecture, culture and traditions merge with one of Made in Italy’s historical masterpieces: espresso coffee. So was born “The Italian espresso between heritage and contemporary”: a real event that will feature several events from July 18-24. The heart of the initiative is temporary exhibition of coffee machines established at the San Colombano di Bobbio Monastery and curated by MUMAC, Cimbali Group Coffee Machine Museum. Sponsored by The FAI delegation from Piacenza and from Bobbio’s FAI groupthe initiative is implemented in collaboration with the city of Bobbio: the main characters are some of the most beautiful professional espresso coffee machines from the early 20th century to today.

Among these the Roma column machine (Rex model from 1926)that of Simplex rationalist style (1940)Leave the Cimbali machine Greatlight (1955)the piston one Aurora Brugnetti (1955)and Faema lever Urania (1957), the timeless e61 from 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 time travel, in design and technology which from the early 20th century reaches the present with the La Cimbali M200 models (launched 2021)La Cimbali S15 (which will be in operation) and Faemina by Faema, the new espresso machine designed for the home, small business and concept store environment that was launched in 2021 at Salone del Mobile.

The exhibition will also provide space for another type of art, the one from Milanes group of Urban Sketchers, local division of the global movement that unites drawing enthusiasts specializing in understanding the beauty of a place, understanding its differences, each with their own style and technology. An “exhibition within the exhibition”, therefore, 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 access, will be inaugurated MondayJuly 18 at 6 p.m. in the presence of local authorities.

The second appointment of the event, the presentation of the book “SENSO ESPRESSO. Coffee. Style. Emotions “, edited by MUMAC and edited by Antiga Edizioni, where 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 Saturday 23 July at 18.00 at Sala Daverio in the town hall of Bobbio with the presence of Roberto Pasqualimayor of the city, Letizia AnelliHead 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 Corriere della Sera’s historical archives, among the archives belonging to Museimpresa, which contributed pictures and documents to enrich the volume.

“It is 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 important villages in Italy, Bobbio, chosen for Borgo dei borghi 2019: the ideal place where history meets history, espresso coffee, always a symbol of Made 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 excellence like the Cimbali Group. The Abbey of San Colombano is a suggestive place where the past meets the present and a fantastic environment for an initiative of this kind.” – says Mayor of Bobbio Roberto Pasquali and adds – “The prestigious publication of the MUMAC Museum where Bobbio is mentioned fills us with pride and drives us to work to ensure that our Borgo can increasingly become a spokesman for the beauty and excellence that enhances Italian creativity in all its forms. That having exhibited the coffee machines that have created the history of Italian espresso in the world will be another opportunity to get to know the formidable innovations that have characterized the production of espresso in public Bobbio and Italian shops, and admire the architectural beauties of the place. ”


The Italian espresso between heritage and contemporary:

  • THE COFFEE MACHINE EXHIBITION open from Monday 18 July at 18:00 to Sunday 24 July at 18.00 at the colonnade in the convent of San Colombano (free access).
  • BOOK PRESENTATION EXPRESS SENSE Saturday 23 July at 18.00 in the Daverio room in Bobbio municipality’s head office (free admission subject to availability)


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