Once upon a time, in 19th century Italy, coffee was the hottest product there. Unfortunately, the brewing method requires customers to wait more than five minutes to receive their drinks. Enter Angelo Moriondo, the man who patented the first known espresso machine. Today's Doodle celebrates its 171st birthday.
Coffee Lovers Sip - Google Pays Tribute To Godfather Of Espresso Machines: Moriondo was born on June 6, 1851 in Turin, Italy, into a family of entrepreneurs who never stopped developing new ideas or projects. His grandfather started an alcohol company which he passed on to his son (Angelo's father), who later founded the popular chocolate company Moriondo and Gariglio with his brother and cousin.
Following in his family's footsteps, Moriondo bought two restaurants: the Grand-Hotel Ligure downtown at Piazza Carlo Felice and American Bar at Galleria Nazionale on Via Roma. Despite the popularity of coffee in Italy, the time spent waiting for coffee makes customers uncomfortable. Moriondo believes that brewing several cups of coffee at once will allow it to serve more customers faster, giving it an edge over the competition.
After the direct supervision of a mechanic he hired to build his invention, Moriondo presented his espresso machine at the 1884 General Exhibition in Turin, where he was awarded a bronze medal. The machine consists of a large kettle which flows hot water through the coffee grounds, and a second boiler produces steam which circulates the coffee and completes the brew. He received a patent entitled "A new steam engine for the economical and immediate preparation of coffee drinks, method "A. Moriondo "". Moriondo continued to refine and patent his inventions over the following years.
Happy 171st Birthday Angelo Moriondo. Today, coffee lovers drink homage to the godfathers of the espresso machine.