In 2012, just a few kilometres outside Milan, the Cimbali Group inaugurated MUMAC (Museum of Coffee Making Machines). It is the richest and most comprehensive collection of coffee machines in the world.
This coffee machine collection represents and protects the Italian heritage in this sector.
The main aim of the company, one of the sectoral leader in Italy, is to create a permanent exhibition and offering in-depth information about design, history and culture of coffee machines.
MUMAC features over 200 vintage coffee espresso machines for bars, bringing together the Enrico Maltoni and Cimbali collections. The former, the most comprehensive and best kept in the world, consists of superb coffee machines protected against the wear and tear of time.
“People who are passionately committed to promoting one of the most ingrained customs of Italian style, that of coffee and cappuccino”
“The museum celebrates Gruppo Cimbali’s centenary,” says Maurizio Cimbali, Group President, “an all Italian story which has managed to carve itself out a leading role on the international scenario over four generations. It is an important goal for the company but most importantly leadership based on knowledge and on people who are passionately committed to promoting one of the most ingrained customs of Italian style, that of coffee and cappuccino. MUMAC houses and displays exceptional technological and style content and pays continuous attention to contributing to the development of the espresso coffee and cappuccino culture throughout the world.”
Besides the machines in the MUMAC museum you can take advantage of the historical archive: over 15,000 carefully selected and catalogued documents which will be accessible to public researchers.
MUMAC brings together the brands of manufacturers which are still present on the market after many years such as La Victoria Arduino, La Cimbali, Gaggia, Faema, Elektra, La Spaziale, Astoria and many others.
Great architects and designers
There are many rare models both in the collection and at MUMAC, some are prototypes or unique models, others are industrially successful models of which up to 10,000 were produced.
Did you know that renowned Italian architects and designers made their contribution to the coffee machines industry producing unique models? Some of them are truly luxurious.
This is the case of Bruno Munari, Ettore Sottsass, Antonio Fornaroli, the Castiglioni brothers, Gio Ponti, Pininfarina and Giugiaro, who developed work tools which have become collectors’ items.
They contributed to asserting an unmistakable national style, enabling the world to savour true Italian espresso and now many of the models created by designers and architects can be found at MUMAC.
The museum’s collection is laid out in six rooms, each one telling a part of the history of the 20th century. The idea was to offer a complete picture of how of professional coffee-making machine design and technology has evolved from its beginnings to the present day.
MUMAC doesn’t just display its machines though: each room reproduces the typical atmosphere of that time, with the right furnishings, background music and period decorations. The visitor can take advantage of monitors and touchscreen displays for extra information about the cultural and historical context.
A unique historical path leading you through six rooms and showing you how these machines have made their own contribution to the exportation of that all-Italian tendency towards aesthetics, style and taste.
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