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 La Peppina v.3.0


La Peppina v.3.0






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FE-AR, founded in Milan by Felice Arosio, has been produced almost 30 years from the late 50's to the mid 80's.  The only model is that of a lever machine, minimalist in design and function.  It was also marketed by Carimali with the name of Piccolina.

The design of the machine has remained the same throughout the years with a few minor variations in cosmetics.  The early models had a more bulbous kettle which eventually gave way to a more angled geometric kettle in later years.  In 1980 the Termomatica model was introduced with a thermostat and double switch.

The Peppina has an open boiler with a lever, spring and piston mechanism.  By pushing down the lever, the spring and piston are depressed allowing a cylinder to fill with hot water.  By letting go of the lever, the spring/piston then presses the hot water through the coffee grounds.  The result is a very good espresso.  

It is the lightest lever machine manufactured, weighing 7.7 pounds (3.5 kilograms).  It can be easily disassembled in minutes and has just a few parts.  Being lightweight, none of the parts have a feeling of strength and durability,  but yet the machine has performed admirably over the years with many still in use today.

The charm and beauty of the La Peppina is in the genius and originality of the whole machine.  Beautiful, simple and easy to use.  It easy for us to forgive any shortcomings it may have.

1960 La Peppina first model

(v. 1.0)

model conforming to the original patent

(sn 4139)

1960 La Piccolina


first model produced by FE-AR and marketed by Carimali

(sn 4757)

1963 La Peppina First model

(v. 1.2) 

model with grid holed and enamel kettle

(sn 07081)

1965 second model

(v.2.0 London)

intermediate model between the first (for the kettle and lid) and the second (for the base and grid)

(sn 04109)

1966 second model

 (v. 2.0 MEC)

analogous to previous model

(sn 69086)


third model 700 watt 

(v. 3.0)

modello 700W con griglia a rete e caldaia smaltata nuovo disegno

(sn 85088)

1975 second model 700 watt


model 700W with airtight lid for steam

(sn 5 07)

1976 third model 950 watt

(v 3.1)

model  950W

 (sn 6 10)

1979 second model 1100 watt


model  1100 watt - 110 V

(sn 8 04)

1980 third model


model 1000 watt, lever and grid modified

(sn 1 05)

1985 third model


  analogous to previous with part black painted and plastic drip tray
1985 Termomatica

(last model)

model 1000W with thermostatic control



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