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IMG_0001What would a day be like without an espresso or latte in New York, Milan, Shanghai or Berlin?

The Italian Genius created the espresso coffee machine, and these wonderful 1956 ads (shown below) illustrate the sheer variety manufactured for the consumer’s caffe experience.

The real espresso machine design development started in 1948 with the now world famous Cornuta espresso machine by the icon designer Gio Ponti for Pavoni.

IMG_0002The Italians loved to use chrome in their designs in the late forties and fifties, as much as, Americans loved seeing more of it in their daily life, especially if you remember those big car chrome bumpers or real fifties and sixties car interiors.

What is surprising, those complex large espresso machines were not only made as full fledged commercial machines but were adapted one way or another for home use, in many different styles and shapes. The designers of these many machines were many times forgotten, as the machines were copied by others many times with small differences.

IMGA plethora of kitchen aids were made in the USA by makers such as Hamilton, but Europeans had a different taste for exotic juicers, grinders, presses and so on, and nice collections can still be made today with these usually cast aluminum items which look fabulous in modern kitchens or on a shelf in your favorite dining spot.

P1050620On the left a “Ramcon” fruit press or juicer from Mexico. These can occasionally be found in Etsy vintage shops. On the right, a West German cast “Standard” Juicer.

Fancy names for these various kitchen aids were the norm then. Below, a Swiss piece made by Zylissthe name of the maker, which developed a famous garlic press in 1948.P1050541P1050543A whiff of freshly made espresso beckons me to cut this post short and indulge in a la crema caffe moment. Salute!

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