A Brief History on the Creation of the Espresso Machine

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Many coffee lovers around the world tend to associate espresso as the purest form of coffee. Although it may have a high class, luxury label, espresso machines are actually not rare at all! In fact in the 21st-century cafés and coffee shops can often be found around every corner. Although they are common, most people are now aware that espresso machines are an old invention! The earliest example can be dated back to the 19th century.

At Espresso @ Home we are obviously big fans of the espresso machine, hence the name!  We of course offer our coffee machine repair and services to those who need them. Read on below to see how it all started in our brief history of the creation of the espresso machine.

The First Espresso Machine

The invention of the first espresso machine can be credited to a man named Angelo Moriondo in Turin, Italy. He received a patent for it in 1884, however, the idea did not take off immediately because it was created solely to be used for the Turin General Exposition and nowhere else. Although he held the first patent for the espresso machine, Moriondo isn’t the most important character in espresso history…

Bezzerra & Pavoni

Luigi Bezzerra invented the single-shot espresso in the early 1900s. He took Moriondo’s espresso machine and made improvements to it. Most of which, can still be found in modern-day espresso machines.

The other man Desiderio Pavoni, purchased the patents from Moriondo in 1903. He then proceeded to improve the design further and also introduced a  pressure valve. The intention of this modification was to prevent Baristas from getting splashed with steaming coffee. The name Pavoni might be quite a familiar name to coffee lovers, and you may have seen La Pavoni being featured on our brands page on our website as this is a very big coffee brand worldwide.

The Creation of the ‘Espresso’

Pavoni decided to market and advertise his new coffee-making process as ‘Espresso’, as this means ‘made on the spur of the moment’, alluding to the fact that this idea just suddenly occurred to Pavoni. As the machine began to get more traction and popularity, multiple copycat ideas started to spring up. Driven by his innovative espresso machine is better than anything else on the market. It could produce up to 100 cups of coffee per hour!

The espresso machine would be improved even further in 1961, with the introduction of the motorised pump, this made sure that the espresso machine no longer had to rely on the strength of the individual Barista. With the progression of time, espresso machines become more efficient, cost-effective and smaller so that they could fit better in smaller cafés and shops.  

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