Google Pays Tribute To Godfather Of Espresso Machines Angelo Moriondo

Angelo Moriondo: Today's Google doodle, which has been created by Olivia When features a GIF of the first known espresso machine and is a tribute to the inventor Angelo Moriondo on his 171st birth anniversary.

– Angelo Moriondo was born on June 6, 1851 in Turin, Italy to a family of entrepreneurs who never stopped brewing new ideas or projects.

Google is celebrating the 171st birth anniversary of Angelo Moriondo, who is widely considered as the inventor of espresso machines with a unique Google Doodle.

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The Google doodle, which has been created by Olivia When, features a GIF of the first known espresso machine and has been painted with coffee.

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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.

According to Google on its Google Doodle page, 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. Today’s Doodle celebrates his 171st birthday. Following in his family’s footsteps, Moriondo purchased two establishments: the Grand-Hotel Ligure in the city-center Piazza Carlo Felice and the American Bar in the Galleria Nazionale of Via Roma.

Despite coffee’s popularity in Italy, the time spent waiting for coffee to brew inconvenienced customers. Moriondo 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.