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Insight behind the scenes of perfect coffee. In our blog, we show the people behind the GILDA coffee machine and "tips & tricks" on everything there is to know about coffee - and why practice makes perfect.

Sie ist klein, aber fein. Die GILDA funktioniert präzise und zuverlässig.

Elisabeth Karr

How long have you had a GILDA coffee machine?
(thinking) I think three or four years. My brother always wanted one, so I became aware of it. Then I just bought it. I don't need much to live on, but if I do, I want a Swiss product if possible, an original, like GILDA. I always like to get to know the people behind a product, to find out the story. That gives a different approach.

What are the advantages of GILDA?
Every detail has been thought through. It's functional and the design is right, that's what grabs me the most. In winter, I fill each tank to the top and empty the rest of the water onto my concrete floor in the morning. That makes it so alive, gives it a patina and the air is also just humidified. GILDA is more than a coffee machine, it is also a humidifier. (laughs)

Your ultimate tip for potential new GILDA owners?

The sooner you own one, the longer you can enjoy it. That's what my brother says about the Feuerring. It's true. Of course, the anticipation is nice. But if possible, you just have to buy it, that's it. Then you have a lot of fun with it.

The Feuerring and the GILDA have both received a Reddot Design Award. What else do they have in common?
There are authentic people behind them who want to pass on their passion and joy. That is clearly noticeable. For me, it is central to pass on joy. That's why we exist. I never wanted to found a company, I am an artist through and through. But then my partner Beate convinced me; come on, we simply pass on joy. That's right for me.

Your joy is contagious...

Yes, I am very happy to recommend GILDA to others, because it is true for me and radiates an incredible power. Like the Feuerring, it is coherent in itself. This also results in follow-up business. Because a good quality draws circles around it. You see a Feuerring at a friend's house in the garden, eating, grilling, spending pleasant hours. From this, new places arise for it because it is so good and bewitching. It is the same with GILDA.


Die GILDA Espressomaschine ist die energieeffizienteste Dualboiler-Kaffeemaschine, die es je gegeben hat. Sie basiert auf einer innovativen Technologie, die mit einem minimalen Energieverbrauch auskommt. So ist die Betriebstemperatur in 2 Minuten erreicht und aufgeheizt wird auch nur die benötigte Wassermenge.

Allein dieser Effekt führt dazu, dass der Verbrauch mit 100 kWh/Jahr um ein Vielfaches tiefer liegt als bei herkömmlichen Dualboilermaschinen.

Konkretes Beispiel:

Würden alle Dualboilermaschinen in der Schweiz durch GILDA ersetzt, entspräche die Einsparung zirka dem Jahres-Energieverbrauch der Stadt Kriens!

Einen Americano, bitte!

Caffè Americano – das ist doch sicher nichts anderes als ein amerikanischer Kaffee, oder etwa nicht? Nicht ganz, denn der Americano soll ursprünglich aus dem schönen Italien kommen! Wahrscheinlich hat seine Geschichte im Zweiten Weltkrieg begonnen. Während des Kriegs kamen viele amerikanische Soldaten, die so genannten GI’s nach Europa und viele davon waren zu dieser Zeit in Süditalien stationiert. Die Militärs waren begeistert von der italienische Küche, nur mit dem kräftigen Espresso konnten sie sich nicht anfreunden. Sie verlangen deshalb ein Glas heisses Wasser, um ihren Espresso zu verdünnen. Und so soll der Begriff «Caffè Americano» entstanden sein.

Can you also grill vegetables on the Feuerring?

Yes, absolutely. The roasting flavour is extremely fine, even for vegetarian dishes. For example, Gschwellti (potatoes) on moss prepared on the Feuerring, delicious. Or kohlrabi from the embers. We are currently working on a recipe book with vegetables on the Feuerring. It is so well done that no one misses the meat.

Do you also make coffee on the Feuerring?

Yes, we use the Bialetti to make coffee from the Feuerring for our customers. It's all about the experience.

A final vote for coffee enjoyment?
Beautiful memories and emotions make us happy. When you really enjoy your coffee machine, the coffee tastes even better.


Espresso oder Cappuccino?

Schwierig. Aber ich sage trotzdem Cappuccino.

Retro oder topmodern?

Retro. Es gehört aber beides zusammen.

Frühling oder Sommer?

Frühling. Nach dem Winter, wenn alles wieder anfängt zu blühen, ist es einfach bombastisch.

Süss oder salzig?

Ich darf es fast nicht sagen, aber salzig (lacht).

Geranium oder Eukalyptus?

Geranium. Ich habe welche auf dem Fenstersims.

Schön oder praktisch?


Grün oder Blau?

Mint. Das ist die Kombi.

Hafermilch oder Kuhmilch?

Kuhmilch. Hafermilch ist eigentlich sowieso falsch. Es ist Haferwasser.

Smarties oder Schoggistreusel?

Smarties. Die bunten kleinen Dinger verschönern nicht nur den Kindern das Leben.

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Interview with Andreas

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