- Paolo Mastrogiuseppe's Super Veloce coffee machines make the perfect statement, if you love cars and coffee.
- They pay homage to F1 engines, and some also dispense grappa.
- And now there is finally a retail presence in Joburg where you can see them up close before paying nearly R100,000 for the cheapest option you can order.
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If you are looking for some of the world’s most exotic and mechanically-gorgeous coffee machines, look no further than Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.
There Paolo Mastrogiuseppe, the son of an Italian immigrant who was deeply involved with Swiss master watchmaking, makes these extraordinary, limited-edition machines that pay homage to 1990s-era F1 racing engines.
His Super Veloce coffee machines look like they belong in a Ferrari F1 museum display, but also deliver that perfect cappuccino or americano.
Acquiring one of Mastrogiuseppe’s artworks has always required a custom order, but now the machines are on display in Johannesburg at the Bryanston showroom of Italian Motorcycle Importers (IMI), the South African importer and distributor of renowned Italian motorcycles such as Aprillia and Moto Guzzi.
Mastrogiuseppe sketches each design in pencil, before proceeding with a meticulous mechanical build project, at his workshop on the Garden Route.
Each Super Veloce features around 600 individual components. Many of its bits are handmade, with materials including stainless steel, gold, aviation-grade aluminium, and even carbon-fibre.
They do not come cheap. Prices start at R96,500 for an Espresso Veloce Flatsix model and go up to R171,200 for the Aviatore Veloce Turbojet, which weighs 28 kilograms. Unless you want the Aurum, with its 18ct gold-plated detailing, which is upwards of R600,000.
That buys you a machine that can make coffee, and tea – and some even have optional grappa dispensers, just as you might expect from a hand-made South African coffee machine that looks like a Formula 1 engine.
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