Google pays tribute to Angelo Moriondo, inventor of the espresso coffee machine

Google celebrates Angelo Moriondo’s 171st birthday with an artistic doodle. Moriondo is the man who patented the first known espresso machine. “Today, coffee lovers sip in tribute to the godfather of espresso machines,” Google said.

The popularity of coffee peaked in the 19th century in Italy. But the brewing methods were more time-consuming and inconvenient for customers. “Moriondo figured brewing multiple cups of coffee at once would allow it to serve more customers at a faster rate, giving it an edge over its competitors,” Google said.

He invented his invention and presented the espresso machine at the Turin General Exhibition in 1884, which received a bronze medal. He received a patent entitled “New steam engines for the economical and instantaneous preparation of coffee drink, method A. Moriondo”.

Machine and its parts

“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,” Google said. The inventor continued to improve the technology and patent his invention in the following years.

Moriondo – born June 6, 1851 in Turin, Italy – belonged to a family of entrepreneurs who never stopped brewing new ideas or new projects. Moriondo’s father took over a liquor production company founded by Moriondo’s grandfather and also built a chocolate business himself.

Moriondo bought two establishments according to Google: the Grand-Hotel Ligure in the city center Piazza Carlo Felice and the American Bar in the Galleria Nazionale in Via Roma.

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June 06, 2022

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