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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Dear Readers,

Creating this Blog is dream come true.

Believe me, i wouldn't have, in my wildest dreams, thought to ever find the relatives of the manufacturers i cherish, let alone meeting some of them. Nor to find so many artifacts, articles, magazines, leaflets, patents, archives... and machines. Nor would i have thought i would meet charismatic people out there that i now treasure to be my friends.

I remember very well the day i got told, by someone wiser than me: "I know the answer, but i won't tell you", to which my wife added: "me too". This "smart" remark led to the personal motto of this Blog nearly 2 years ago: I didn't know a thing and was well prepared to tell it to the world. 

My passion for these manufacturers caused many many sleepless nights. Retrospectively, it would be dishonest not to admit that both my interest, my eager and ever growing ability to find information exceed what some might say is the norm. In my defence: Not in a lifetime was i to think there was so much to be found on the subject. It has been a treat, a gift of life: being able to write the Blog one would have wished to find right at the start, that's plain luxury, an amateur's dream.

All things considered though, I am convinced anyone - with a minimum of interest - could have done this research. This is not false modesty. It is so obvious to me that no reliable information was to be found back then, because nobody tried and/or cared. If i can make an advise here to people who wish to research the history of the coffee machine they collect, just dare ask and never look back! There is always a way. It can be done: i am the living proof. You will never regret it. Probably the biggest challenge i have faced was to learn to ignore the insults of a few persons who think they own the monopoly on what they call the "truth". No worries though: The highest you climb the mountain, the less you'll hear the goats baa in the valley. 

I take this occasion today to thank all the cooperative, patient, kind and willing families - Delle Vedove, Sassoon, Simon, Stern, Robbiati & Tarditi -, open-hearted friends, passionate collectors (If i can name two: the legendary Lucio Del Piccolo, and the enthusiast Monsieur "A"), interested local journalists, conscientious museum employees, meticulous patent officers, precise commerce chamber employees, helpful mayors, professional librarians and motivated taxi-drivers for their time and altruism... and all the online auction websites users who, realising  my fascination in their items, sent me extra information, a scan, a photo... all little pieces of information without which i couldn't have quenched my thirst for knowledge, fuelled my curiosity. I am very well aware that the Blog would not have been what it is without every single of the individuals involved.

Love, Peace, Harmony,
& be curious!!!
Mik "Knatterton" Janvier


(Samuel Beckett)

It is better to fail in originality,
than to succeed in imitation.

(Herman Melville)

1966 - 1983

I remember the time asking for information about an (not THE) Australian importer of Mr. Robbiati's coffee makers: lack of answers disguised in fake news is all i could get.

Until i discovered Cluster of Clues... while others were looking for The Truth!

Here, in this Flickr album, i gathered very similar adverts (yes, they are all different).

They date from 14.07.1966 to 03.11.1983.

(Click on the picture to be relinked to the Album)

What happened after 1983 in Australia after Giordano Robbiati stopped manufacturing these machines?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Száb DELTA Kombináció "Reflektor" Gyartmany 220 Volt - 550 Watt

Irene Notaras

10 days ago... 30 years ago...

There would be so much to say about this picture...

What comes to my mind looking at this "Mona Lisa" smile:

17 March 1987 -  4 years after Giordano Robbiati's business (Brevetti Robbiati) was transferred to his son Alfredo Robbiati (S.T.E.M.A.C.).
17 March 1987 - 2 years before S.T.E.M.A.C. closed.

What that meant for this young lady?

Sunday, 1 January 2017


If POST-TRUTH is Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016,
then i am very looking forward to 2017.
It is going to be a promising year.

Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016