Google Pays Tribute to Espresso Machine Inventor

Today Google celebrates Angelo Moriondo, the inventor of espresso machines as the day marks his 171st birthday with a special doodle.

The Google Doodle, created by Olivia When, shows coffee being poured into cups from a machine. And the beautiful artwork has been painted entirely with coffee.

A Google note said “today coffee lovers sip in coffee in tribute to the Godfather of Expresso machine”

Who is Angelo Moriondo?

Moriondo was born on June 6, 1851, in Italy’s Turin to a family of entrepreneurs. His grandfather founded a liquor production company, which was passed down to Angelo’s father.  

Moriando’s father later took charge of the liquor production company and together with his brother cousin, Moriondo and Gariglio, a popular chocolate company was built.

Following in his family’s footsteps and entreprenaural abilities, Moriondo bought two establishments: the Grand-Hotel Ligure in Piazza Carlo Felice and the American Bar in the Galleria Nazionale of Via Roma. Although coffee’s popularity in Italy was huge, the time spent waiting for coffee to brew inconvenienced customers. So he figured that making multiple cups of coffee at once would allow him to serve more customers at a faster pace, giving him an edge over his competitors hence he built an expresso machine.

At the General Expo of Turin in 1884, Moriondo presented his espresso machine where it was awarded the bronze medal. And he received a patent titled, “New steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage, method”.

He patented the espresso machine and the first-ever known. And over the years he continued to improve and patent his invention.