GOOGLE DOODLE TODAY: Google Animated Doodle today celebrates the 171st birthday of Angelo Moriondo, the man who patented the first known espresso machine. Monday’s Google Doodle was painted entirely with coffee!
Moriondo was born on June 6, 1851 in Turin, Italy, into a family of entrepreneurs who never stopped brewing new ideas or new projects. His grandfather founded an alcohol production company which was passed on to his son (Angelo’s father), who himself would later found the famous chocolate company “Moriondo and Gariglio” alongside his brother and his cousin.
Following in the footsteps of his family, Moriondo bought two establishments: the Grand-Hotel Ligure in the city center Piazza Carlo Felice and the American Bar in the Galleria Nazionale in Via Roma. Despite the popularity of coffee in Italy, the time spent waiting for coffee to brew inconveniences customers. Moriondo figured that brewing multiple cups of coffee at once would allow him to serve more customers at a faster rate, giving him an edge over his competition.
After directly supervising a mechanic he hired to build his invention, Moriondo presented his espresso machine at the Turin General Exhibition in 1884, where it received the bronze medal. The machine consisted of a large boiler that pushed heated water through a bed of coffee grounds, with a second boiler producing steam that flashed the coffee bed and completed the brew.
He received a patent titled ‘New steam engines for the economic and instantaneous preparation of the coffee drink, method’ A. Moriondo’. Moriondo continued to improve and patent his invention in the following years.
Happy 171st birthday, Angelo Moriondo. Today, coffee lovers sip in tribute to the godfather of espresso machines.
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