Angelo Moriondo & His Best Invention

On Monday, Google honoured Angelo Moriondo, regarded as the “Godfather of Espresso Machines,” with a doodle in honour of his 171st birthday (June 6). Moriondo, who was born in Turin, Italy, on June 6, 1851, was the inventor of the first known espresso machine, which he patented in 1884.Olivia When, according to NDTV, made a Google Doodle with a GIF of the first known espresso machine. Google paid a grand tribute to Angelo Moriondo by mentioning, “Today, coffee lovers sip in tribute to the godfather of espresso machines.” 

Who was Angelo Moriondo?

Angelo Moriondo, who was born on June 6, 1851, in Turin, Italy, came from a family of entrepreneurs “who never stopped brewing new ideas or projects,” according to a Google note on the amazing innovator. Moriondo’s grandfather established a liquor manufacturing company, which his father managed later. Moriondo and his brother and cousin also founded the well-known chocolate company “Moriondo and Gariglio.” Moriondo bought two significant areas , the Grand-Hotel Ligure in the city centre Piazza Carlo Felice and the American Bar in the Galleria Nazionale of Via Roma, after getting into business like the rest of his family did.

While the inventor was still running his hotels, coffee was at its height of popularity in Italy back in the 1850s. Coffee drinkers, on the other hand, were inconvenienced since they had to wait a long time for their coffee to brew. Moriondo believed that if he could make multiple cups of coffee at once, he would have a competitive advantage over his rivals. Moriondo commissioned the creation of a coffee machine from a mechanic. The machine was completed in 1884 and displayed at the Turin General Expo, where it received a bronze medal.

How did Angelo Moriondo’s machine work?

Moriondo’s biggest invention, the espresso machine required a mix of steam and boiling water to efficiently make the best coffee. A massive boiler pumped heated water through laid out of coffee grounds, while a second boiler created steam, flashing the bed of coffee and completing the brew. After being registered theinvention was certified by an international patent application after it was registered in Paris on October 23, 1885. Moriondo improved his concept greatly over time, patenting each improvement.

Moriondo’s invention put out a simple design for the modern espresso machine we use today


Angelo never initiated mass-production of the idea, as Atlas Obscura points out, hence the creator is often forgotten in history. Solely a few hand-built machines were constructed instead, and they were only meant for use in his family’s hotels and pubs (via Il Globo). Moriondo’s strategy, which he believed would give him an advantage over competitors, was successful, but only for a short time.

Moriondo’s idea was ultimately altered by inventors such as Luigi Bezzera, who overhauled the machine, Desidiero Pavoni, who industrialized the product, and Francesco Illy, who substituted pressurized water for steam, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The machine also prompted Alfonso Bialetti to create the Moka pot, a cooktop option.

The goodness of espresso

Espressos are recognized for being small cups of energising goodness . They lift our spirits when we’re down and need a little extra motivation to get through the day. The majority of individuals do not consider coffee to be a health-promoting beverage. Espresso, on the other hand, has a long list of health advantages that should no longer be overlooked.

Espresso helps in building a sharp and long-term memory. Additionally, it also contains antioxidants that help in boosting the immune system. Espresso shots have been proven to reduce the risk of heart diseases, especially among people who suffer from obesity. Moreover, if you are extremely conscious about health and diet, espresso does the favor and boosts metabolism.