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The History of the Espresso Machine

| Articles | April 11, 2011

Even though it may seem like espresso has always been made from a machine chances are that some people think that way just because they know of no other way in which espresso is made. However, long before there were espresso machines to do our work for us, inhabitants of southern Europe and Milan, Italy, began making espresso as soon as they found out how! It wasn’t until the mid 1940’s that people and coffee shops all over began using espresso machines to make the beverage, at least in the United States that is.

On the other hand, espresso machines were popular in European countries quite awhile before the popularity of these machines came to the United States. You may be surprised to find out that the first espresso machine in Europe become known some 100 years before they were actually introduced in America. As the story goes, though, a man named Louis Bernard Babaut invented an espresso machine in the first half of the 19th Century. He also had a partner named Santais, but he was mainly responsible for the advertising of the espresso machine itself. But what kind of an espresso machine needs advertised? It would seem like if there was an easier way to make espresso in the early 1800s then people would have naturally flocked to the idea.

Nevertheless, Babaut’s espresso machine was introduced to the world in the beginning of the 19th Century, but as many people could have guessed, the machine was not a perfect machine as no electronic device ever is! However, this is not to say that Babaut didn’t have success with making espresso. Even though the purpose of the espresso machine, however, was to make espresso in an easier way, the machine still had to be handled by someone who knew what they were doing. On the whole, though, Babaut was successful and it could spit out espresso beverages just as quick as they could be consumed. Many people say that his first espresso machine could handle at least one thousand shots of espresso an hour, which is an impressive rate for the first espresso machine built!

Further down the road, though, another espresso machine made it into production and this time Luigi Bezzera was responsible for making it. He called the invention the “Voila” espresso coffee machine and even though he didn’t get the popularity of the espresso machine off the ground himself, he found a man named Pavoni to do the marketing for him!

If you’re interested in the automatic espresso machine, though, this concept was later introduced in the first half of the 1900s. An individual known as Illeta actually used compressed air to make the whole espresso-making process faster, which it was able to accomplish successfully!

There you have it: everything you have ever wanted to know about how espresso machines came into production! They are very popular in the United States and all over the world today, but we must remember that they were introduced by several other avid espresso drinkers just like us!

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