Inspired by LaCimbali

The historic company LaCimbali is part of Gruppo Cimbali SpA, an Italian multinational that designs and manufactures traditional coffee machines as well as automatic coffee grinders and household appliances. Accessories. Technological evolution and collaboration with designers such as the famous Castiglioni brothers have allowed LaCimbali coffee machines to spread rapidly in Italy and abroad, thanks to the introduction of super-automatic systems that guarantee consistent quality regardless of the barista's skills. Today, the group counts on an extensive network of 700 trading partners in over 100 countries around the world. LaCimbali produces two hundred machines a day at three factories in Binasco (Milan), Ghisalba (Bergamo) and Cappella Cantone (Cremona).

LaCimbali, a history of coffee and design that begins in Milan Cimbali has opened a copper workshop in Milan. La Rapida, the first LaCimbali coffee machine, was launched 18 years after the company was founded. It was a column machine with a vertical coal or wood boiler. After La Rapida in 1945, the Albadoro appeared, a machine with two independent vertical boilers, a cup warmer and, for the first time, dispensing groups at the front (to avoid the need for baristas to constantly move around the machines).

Real the revolution came two years later, with electricity and the invention of a lever that created the pressure necessary to extract everything that gives a cup of coffee flavor, aroma and texture. These two groundbreaking innovations gave shape to the Ala, Gioiello and Brillante coffee machines.

Established in 1962 and equipped with a hydraulic group for total automation, Granluce was a key step that allowed LaCimbali to sell its coffee machines abroad. For LaCimbala, innovation goes hand in hand with design, which at that time defined design and the entrepreneurial environment in Milan. The Pitagora coffee machine was designed by the Castiglioni brothers and awarded the Compasso d'Oro for exceptionally modern design and basic and clean lines. The stainless steel construction was the first step in the industrialization of LaCimbala's products, which have since been mass-produced.

Collaboration with other historical design figures include Rodolfo Bonetto and Shin Matsunaga. Fully automated experiments led to the development of fully automatic coffee machines that consistently delivered excellent results and helped spread the espresso culture around the world. Today, the challenge for the latest generation of LaCimbali coffee machines is the search for new and innovative materials that guarantee durability and hygiene, as well as technological innovations that optimize energy consumption. This research led to the development of the advanced M100, designed to celebrate the company's centenary by Milan's design studio Valerio Cometti + V12 Design. Another recognition came in 2020, when the LaCimbali S60, designed by Cometti + V12 Design, received the Good Design Award for its ability to encapsulate the best coffee brewing technology in a design with the same aesthetic value as a traditional coffee machine.

MuMac, the first coffee machine museum In 2012, to celebrate the company's centenary, Gruppo Cimbali collaborated with Arkispazio and Valerio Cometti + V12 Design to design MuMAC, the coffee machine museum. 1,800 square meters is dedicated to professional coffee machines and houses more than two hundred models from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, presented chronologically in six sections: the early years, the era of rationalism, the invention of the lever, under the banner of design, the international dimension and the new millennium.

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