The Invention of the Espresso Machine

The Invention of the Espresso Machine

Angelo Moriondo was the first person to ever build and patent the first ever Espresso Machine in 1884. Coffee was a big business in Europe in the 19th century. The idea of an espresso machine was to improve the brew and reduce the brewing time. On April 28, 1903, Luigi Bezzera, bought the patent in 1905 and started to make espresso machines commercially on a small scale. From there, the advancements of the espresso machine began to improve dramatically. Luigi had a right hand man, Desiderio Pavoni, who invented the first ever pressure release valve. Luigi Bezzerra, was the know-how. He created the single-shot espresso while also looking for a way to quickly brew coffee straight into the cup. 


The early machines could produce up to 1,000 cups of coffee per hour. When the coffee was made it also did not have great side effects. The coffee would sometimes imbue and have a burnt and bitter taste to it. 


Over the century the espresso machine drastically improved with computerized measurements to portable pneumatics. However, there is still an art to making a well enough espresso. You can have the best beans and machine in the world, but if the barista has no clue on how to make an espresso, then it you’ll just end up with some hot bean water. 


It is said that a good espresso depends on the four M’s: Miscela, the coffee blend and the roast; Macinadosatore, the proper grinding of the coffee beans; Machine per espresso, the espresso machine, and Mano is the talent of the barista or the person making the coffee.


With these four M’s combined, the bold and elegant taste of the espresso is made. Overall, this is the invention of the espresso machine and the well-known espresso. A complex drink with a complex history. 


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