Who Was Angelo Moriondo? Google Doodle celebrates the godfather of espresso machines

THE IDEA of the espresso machine first emerged in the 19th century with Italian inventor Angelo Moriondo.

On Monday, June 6, 2022, Google Doodles will be celebrating Angelo’s 171st birthday.

Many remember Angelo Moriondo as the "Godfather of espresso"


Many remember Angelo Moriondo as the “godfather of espresso”.Credit: Mr. Angelo Moriondo

Who Was Angelo Moriondo?

Angelo Moriondo was born on June 6, 1851 and came from Turin, Italy – then known as the Kingdom of Sardinia.

He is known as the “godfather of espresso” as he is credited with creating the earliest documented espresso machine.

As a child, Angelo grew up in an entrepreneurial family.

His father Giacomo founded the chocolate company Moriondo and Gariglio together with his brother and cousin.

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Giacomo also managed the liquor company founded by his father, Angelo’s grandfather.

Once Angelo was able to, he joined his patriarchs in the business journey – buying both a hotel and a bar in his home country.

Did Angelo Moriando invent the espresso machine?

In 1884, according to Smithsonian Magazine, Angelo Moriando received a patent for “new steam engines for the economical and instantaneous confection of coffee beverages.”

Angelo’s machine “pushed water on demand through a large bed of coffee grounds, with a second boiler generating steam that flashed the coffee bed and completed the brewing process.”

He invented the invention in honor of the Turin General Exhibition, and his machine produced large quantities of coffee, in contrast to today’s portion-sized espresso.

Although his patent exists and proves that he was one of the first inventors of such a machine, Angelo’s name doesn’t often come to light when it comes to espresso.

The Smithsonian apparently attributes the loss of the Moriondo name to a “brand failure.”

Another Italian inventor – Luigi Bezzerra – processed Angelo’s design to create the single-serve espresso machine patented in 1901.

In 1903 Desiderio Pavoni acquired Luigi’s patents and the two men worked together to create Cafeé Espresso, which was first presented at the 1906 World’s Fair.

Angelo Moriondo's original invention led to today's espresso machines


Angelo Moriondo’s original invention led to today’s espresso machinesPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

What happened to Angelo Moriondo?

On May 31, 1914, Angelo Moriondo died at the age of 62.

He died in Marentino – just outside his hometown of Turin.

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Not much information is known about the rest of Angelo’s life after the espresso machine.

Nevertheless, according to IOTD, he is said to have remained wealthy as the owner of the Grand-Hotel Ligure on Piazza Carlo Felice and the American Bar in the former Galleria Nazionale on Via Roma.

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