Espresso coffee has been part of our lives since we were born, so much so that it seems to have been around for millenniums! But did you know that its history is actually much shorter than you might think?
Espresso is obtained by percolating hot water under a high pressure, one of the best methods for enhancing the cream, body, aroma and taste of the coffee produced. When it comes to espresso, the fineness of the blend is key. For example, at the bar, this should be regulated based on the type of machine used, the temperature, humidity and even the season.
Espresso from the year 1800 to today
But let’s return to our story. Obviously, to make espresso coffee, a specific machine is required: this was only invented in 1884 by Angelo Moriondo in Turin. But Angelo kept it under wraps in his own coffee houses.
Luckily the patent was improved in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera, and then purchased in 1905 by Desiderio Pavoni, who established the company “la Pavoni”, officially launching a serial production.
In that same year, Pier Teresio Arduino began to reflect on the aesthetic aspect of the machines. As they stood in the centre of the bar, they had to be good to look at.
But the greatest revolution of all had to be the one that we can date back to 1938.
Indeed, this was the year in which a Milanese barista by the name of Achille Gaggia first introduced a system based on pistons, and therefore, pressurised.
In fact, up until then, espresso machines had still been steam-powered, using a system that failed to bring out the full potential of coffee.
And this is how the coffee we know and love today first came to light, only eighty years ago.
If you want to rediscover the taste and aroma of true espresso coffee, our blends are the ideal solution: made after a dedicated roasting process, they produce an espresso that is incredibly aromatic and creamy.