Equipment veteran steps down from Cimbali


Jim Anderson, who was instrumental in introducing one of Cimbali’s best selling coffee machines to the UK market, has retired after 25 years with the company.

Anderson joined Breakmain in 1988 and at the time the company’s main product range was refrigeration based.

Following demand, Breakmain was soon selling Cimbali equipment and Jim developed the service, support and training infrastructure for the Dolce Vita Series bean to cup coffee machines to support the UK launch.

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The super automatic Dolce Vita range was the most advanced coffee machine of its time, according to the company, and with Jim’s help it became the benchmark for all super automatic machines in the UK.

Breakmain soon became Cimbali’s most important distributor outside Italy and in 2004 it was acquired by the manufacturer.

Three years later it opened a third office in Coventry, with Anderson playing a significant role within the new organisation as head of its Scotland office. He provided training and technical support for all the UK engineers and was responsible for health and safety.

“There is no doubt that Jim has made an invaluable contribution to the success of the UK operation,” said Cimbali’s UK managing director, Carl Bjorkstrand. “He has amassed an incredible wealth of knowledge and technical knowhow over the years and that is not easy to replicate and will be missed.”

Cimbali’s UK staff presented Anderson with an iPad and various other gifts to mark his retirement, while he and his wife also spent a weekend in Milan as a guest of Maurizio Cimbali, the grandson of the company’s founder.

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