Google Doodle celebrates espresso machine inventor Angelo Moriondo on his birth anniversary

Google animated Doodle today celebrates the 171st birth anniversary of Angelo Moriondo, the man who patented the first known espresso machine. The Google doodle has been created by Olivia When. It features a GIF of the first known espresso machine and has been painted with coffee.

Born on June 6,1851 in Turin, Italy, Angelo Moriondo belonged to a family of entrepreneurs “who never stopped brewing new ideas or projects”, Google said in a note on the extraordinary inventor. Moriondo’s grandfather founded a liquor production company which was then managed by his father. Moriondo also built the popular chocolate company, “Moriondo and Gariglio” with his brother and cousin.

Coffee was at its peak popularity in Italy during the innovator’s time. But coffee lovers faced extreme inconvenience as they had to spend a lot of time waiting for the coffee to brew.

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“Once upon a time, in 19th century Italy, coffee was the hottest item around. Unfortunately, brewing methods required customers to wait over five minutes to get their drink. Enter Angelo Moriondo, the man who patented the first known espresso machine,” Google’s note said.

The machine consisted of a large boiler that pushed heated water through a bed of coffee grounds, with a second boiler producing steam that would flash the bed of coffee and complete the brew. The invention was then confirmed by an international patent after being registered in Paris on October 23, 1885.

Moriondo received a patent titled, “New steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage, method ‘A. Moriondo’.” Moriondo continued to improve and patent his invention in the following years.