A brief history of The first Italian Espresso machine.

The first Italian Espresso machine was built by Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy.

 the machine was demonstrated at the Turin General Exposition of 1884. Where he was granted patent no. 33/256 dated 16 May 1884. A certificate of industrial title was awarded to Mr. Moriondo Angelo for an invention called “New steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage, method ‘A. Moriondo’, Plate CXL".

Many other designers and engineers added improvements to Angelo's machine in the following years up until 1901 when Luigi Bezzera of Milan patented improvements to the machine. Bezzera was not an engineer, but a mechanic.

He patented a number of improvements to the existing machine, the first of which was applied for on the 19th of December 1901.

 In 1905 the patent was then bought by Desiderio Pavoni who founded the “La Pavoni” company and began to produce the machine commercially, producing just one unit a day!

Other additions and changes where made over the years, including the pressure release valve which came as a sigh of relief to Baristas as it released excess pressure preventing the machine from blowing up!

Today companies are continuously looking at new and innovative designs for us to enjoy our espresso with a huge array of specifications, designs and colours at a wide price range to suit the demanding needs of us coffee drinkers!



An early manual espresso machine       An up to date machine

made from copper and brass                  with automatic settings       


So there we have it, a quick insight into the history of these fantastic inventions that produce great coffee all around the world for over 100 years!


Thanks for reading,


The Ginevra Team.


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