This story is five months old, and has languished in the nether regions of my dashboard, but it’s still amusing. Apparently, the man who made famous the familiar Italian stovetop expresso machine died, was cremated, and his ashes preserved in. . yes. . a replicate of his great invention.
As Indy100 reports:
Renato Bialetti, who made stove-top espresso makers an international commodity, passed away last week – and his memorable funeral saw him buried in one of his famous pots.
Bialetti’s father Alfonso bought the patent for the aluminium design in 1933, but it was Renato who got the business going – he invested heavily in marketing and made himself the model for the famous L’omino con i baffi (the little man with a moustache) who still adorns each Moka pot today.
Here’s a video of the final mass.
I’m sure the readers can think of a gazillion puns here, like “he’s not in the ground, but he’s still grounds.” Knock yourself out.
h/t: Matthew Cobb