Angelo Moriondo (Turin, June 6, 1851 – Marentino, May 31, 1914) was an Italian inventor who is credited with inventing the first known espresso machine in 1884. To make coffee, his system used a combination of steam and boiling water.

Angelo Moriondo comes from a family of business owners.

His grandparents started a liquor business, which was carried on by his father Giacomo, who eventually co-founded the well-known chocolate company “Moriondo and Gariglio” with his brother Agostino and cousin Gariglio. Angelo bought the Grand-Hotel Ligure in Piazza Carlo Felice in the city center and the American Bar in Via Roma’s Galleria Nazionale.

In 1884, Moriondo showed his invention at the Turin General Expo, where it received a bronze medal. On May 16, 1884, a patent for “New steam apparatus for the economical and quick confection of coffee beverage, method ‘A. Moriondo,'” was issued for a six-year period. The machine was actually built by a mechanic named Martina, who worked directly under the inventor’s supervision.

It was amended by a patent on November 20, 1884, in Vol 34, No 381.

After being registered in Paris on October 23, 1885, the innovation was validated by an international patent application. Moriondo continued to enhance his invention significantly over the years, patenting each change.

Angelo Moriondo never brought his innovation to a large-scale manufacturing facility. He limited himself to hand-building a few devices, which he guarded fiercely at his facilities, feeling that this was a substantial advertisement for them.

Ian Bersten, a historian who specializes in coffee history, claims to be the first person to discover Moriondo’s patent. “The first Italian bar machine that controlled the supply of steam and water separately through the coffee,” according to Bersten, who also credits Moriondo as “one of the earliest discoverers of the expresso machine.” It was a bulk brewer, not an espresso machine, and did not prepare coffee “expressly” for each customer.

Angelo Moriondo cause of death

Angelo Moriondo died on 31 May 1914 at aged 62 in Marentino, Turin, Italy. His cause of death was not confirmed by his father.

Nothing is known about his cause of death.

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