The brand ECM has a motley past that can be confusing. The original company ECM was founded in 1995 by Friedrich Berenbruch in Milan. The company was the first to create what we call semi-professional espresso machines. The market is still today aimed at enthusiasts and especially those who appreciate enjoying coffee quality that you can normally only get in a good café. The original feeling and knowledge about the design and development of these machines now lives on in Rocket Espresso.

Friedrich Berenbruch has a long career in the espresso machine industry. Before he founded ECM in 1995 he worked at Wega, a company in the CMA group with the brands Wega and Astoria. The fist professional espresso machine were manufactured in early 1996, and during the autumn the same year he created a whole new market for espresso machines. First it was the model Giotto, with a unique design and half a year later Cellini was launched with its straight sides.

These espresso machines were the first to combine the most common brewing group E61 with a heat exchanger system that makes it possible to brew many perfect espressos in a row and that it is possible to froth milk at the same time. For professional users, the same technology has been used since 1962 when Faema launched the first modern espresso machine. Giotto and Cellini were unique in that they combined professional technology with a format suitable for home use. In addition, they had a built-in water tank so that they did not have to be connected to water networks.

The business ran at a good pace until 2008 when the company was hit by the crisis that wiped out many companies in the industry. Later, the business re-emerged under the name Rocket Espresso and even today Friedrich Berenbruch and Enio Berti who developed the espresso machines over the years are active in Rocket Espresso.

During its years of operation, the company manufactured these machines:

  • ECM Giotto
  • ECM Giotto Premium

  • ECM Cellini
  • ECM Cellini Premium

  • ECM Botticelli
  • ECM Botticelli II

  • ECM Raffaello, several versions with 1 or 2 brew groups
  • ECM Michelangelo, several versions with 1-4 brew groups
  • ECM Veneziano with 1-4 brew groups
  • ECM Laura with 2 or 3 brew groups


Espresso Group who originally is behind La Pavoni and nowadays even Isomac, bout the brand ECM and other rights that belonged to the original ECM. However, it is unclear whether they actually manufacture the machine models that ECM had in its portfolio. Some copies that mimic the look are marketed today under the brand name La Pavoni.

An overall assessment is that the company develops prototypes to mimic the legacy from ECM without much success.


Wolgang Hauck initiated a collaboration between his German company Profitec to take over the distribution in Germany of espresso machines from ECM in the late 90s. Over time, they see an opportunity in having machines made that are very similar to those machines ECM offer. They are marketed under the ECM brand, and it leads to an interrupted cooperation between ECM and Profitec. The business is now run in the company ECM Manufacture.

Today, there is a slightly larger difference in the product lines, but the entire home segment is manufactured at Alpha Electronics which was the subcontractor as the original ECM hired for assembly. Rocket Espresso has taken the quality requirements a step further by building all its machines with its own staff on its own premises.

Models from German ECM:

  • ECM Classika II
  • ECM Classica PID

  • ECM Casa IV
  • ECM Elektronika Profi II

  • ECM Technika IV
  • ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC

  • ECM Mechanika IV
  • ECM Mechanika IV Profi WT-WC

  • ECM Barista
  • ECM Synchronika
  • ECM Controvento

Monteriva performs service and repairs of coffee machines from this brand. If you wonder if your machine is eligible for service or repair at Monteriva, we ask you to contact our Customer Service.