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Tuesday, 12 September 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)

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

Add-on from an Australian reseller? --- Or just any piece of paper in a Robbiati jug..

Quality Control

Sunday, 23 July 2017

"The old lady does not tell" - Part 2

For Part 1 see here

Screenshot of the Bon Trading co's homepage as of 19 Dec. 2009:

Screenshot of Bon Trading's Facebook page as of 25 June 2012:

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Welcome Bon Trading Co.!!!

You have now entered my list of "Manufacturers/Contractors*" 
of coffee makers
 sold under the "Atomic" trademark!!!

Brevetti Robbiati (~1948-1983)
S.T.E.M.A.C. (1983-1989)
Stella (~1949-1974)
Szigony M.V. (~1948-2004)
A.&M.G.Sassoon (~1955-~1965)
Bon Trading Co. (~1999-????)

I understand now this trademark registration. At last!

*Excuse my bad english. I don't find a word for what i want to express. To my knowledge, only the Family Robbiati did manufacture the coffee machines themselves. The others were ordering other metal working companies to cast the machines exclusively for their business. Is Contractors the right word?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

"The old lady does not tell"

I just stumbled over an article of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest German daily newspaper.

You can visit the original text here:

I was amazed.
In Black and White.
What i knew but couldn't prove.
Because "the old lady does not tell"...

But here, "the old lady" might have talked too much:
(Google translation)



Saturday, 8 July 2017

The coming back of the return of the Blue Box (Part 3)

The more i see the Box (link), the more it makes me tend to suppose it's a S.T.E.M.A.C.

No proof though.

But the Blue Box reappeared this time in Australia... and the coffee machine looked very modern.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Yet another exhibition about "Austrian Design"...

... and no mention of Desider Stern.

I look on my right side to my new acquisition.

Without doubt, something has to be done about it.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

I know that "kind of love"!

Could someone greet Jonine Versace for me?
Maybe on the Chapel Street Bazaar Facebook page by linking this post?
(i don't do Facebook)

Sept 12, 1995

Challenge: Get David Francis to contact me!!!

As late as a few weeks ago, i stumbled over a Bon Trading coffee maker sold with a maintenance leaflet dating 2005 made by David Francis.
The email address is dead.

From what i can see on many websites around the world, many users would really benefit from his expertise.

Anyone has the leaflet? Or can get me in contact with Dave?

Confirm/Infirm: ECM Coffee museum Heidelberg, Germany ???

Fantastic Jug on this Stella 110E!

(I wrote to them - of course - but until now, no answer)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Indiana Jones and the last crusade (1989)

[Indiana slips and nearly falls into the abyss, but Henry grabs his hand]

Professor Henry Jones: Junior, give me your other hand! I can't hold on!
Indiana Jones: [reaching for the Grail] I can get it. I can almost reach it, Dad...
Professor Henry Jones: Indiana.

[surprised, Indy looks up at his father]

Professor Henry Jones: Indiana... let it go.

(coincidence: STEMAC closed its doors in 1989)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

When a Swiss meets an Australian...

Consider this as an Addendum to the Post starting with "Dear readers,..."

The Pregnancy of this Blog took place while i faced a fierce opposition some years ago on an Australian Coffee Website.

One of my "methods" was to find statements that nobody can contradict...
... of course, by meeting the family members, or gathering documents... But also by stating facts.
By this, i mean: calling a cat, a cat.

Yes, "Atomic" is a trademark.
Yes, Giordano Robbiati patented (a little difference to "invented") a coffee maker for personal use.

The list could go on and on. and on.
These "Facts" fill most of the 1900+ posts of the last years.

Let's come back to the mysterious title!

Imagine a Swiss meeting an Australian, this is what the Swiss would say:

"Fritz Lüdi-Zumstein invented the Culinor"

I dare any Australian to say the contrary!

Thank you Lucio for always putting a smile on my face!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

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

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.