Vibiemme (pronounced vee – bee – emm), and branded as VBM, is an acronym made up of the first initials of the founders’ last names:
Carlo Ernesto Valente,
Mario Biancolini, (Faema former general manager for foreign sales)
Giorgio Merigi, (Faema former general manager for national sales)
VBM was founded in 1976 in Milan when they started making commercial espresso coffee machines fitted with the VBM E61 dispensing unit, an evolution of the E61 but with enhanced thermal stability. In less than four years, VBM started making machines for home use, creating the first domestic espresso machine in history: Domobar.