Back in 2009, Rocket Espresso
produced a limited edition "Giro d'Italia Cento Anni" domestic coffee machine.
Only 100 were produced (ALL OF WHICH HAVE LONG SOLD OUT) and it was a "must have" for Prendas as it was a thing of beauty and we have long been associated with all things Giro and Santini of Bergamo, the current manufacturer of the Giro D'Italia leader jerseys
. Rapha must have also had the same thought as they also own one of these machines.
Mick's quest for this beautiful machine brought him into contact with Andrew Meo, a New Zealander and keen cyclist who is a partner at Rocket Espresso of Milano. Mick's many trips to Italia resulted in many lunches with Andrew and cycling was always high on the list of things to discuss.
Andrew is a keen racing cyclist himself and although he is too modest to brag about it, he is currently a regional and national champion in his age group
which is no mean feat in the world of Italian amateur cycle racing as it is extremely competitive at every level. His son Felix is also showing promise on the track and the road.
There is a strong affinity between cyclists and coffee and this is very evident in the growth of cycling cafe culture in the UK. Fast forward to February 2014 and a visit to Rocket Espresso and the inevitable lunch resulted in Mick approaching Andrew about a collaboration with Rocket Espresso on a cycle jersey bearing the name of this esteemed manufacturer. This was not a business meeting by any means but a relaxed affair that gradually came to fruition with the help of Fergus at Santini and now "ecco qua", here is the result.
Like I said, there was now real structure to the financial arrangement and it was an organic process. Andrew was happy to let Prendas do the sales and he would take a few jerseys for himself, his son and cycling friends and associates. With regard to commission he was happy to make a donation to a worthy cause. We floated the idea of the David Rayner Fund which he thoroughly approved of wholeheartedly.
Hence, we will now donate £10.00 (GB Pounds) to the David Rayner Fund for every Rocket Espresso jersey sold
which is every bit as beautiful as the espresso machines that they produce.
The donation is a result of Rocket waiving a royalty charge for using the name and a donation from Prendas as we are already involved as a supporter with the Dave Rayner Fund cotton cycling cap