Renato Bialetti, the man who popularized the eight-sided stovetop espresso maker, was buried on Monday. This Italian stallion didn’t go out in a traditional casket or earn—no, he chose to be cremated, and then placed into a giant version of the Moka, the coffee-maker he made ubiquitous.
According to the New York Post, the plan was hatched by Bialetti’s children, who arranged the specialty espresso pot and had it blessed by a priest in their father’s hometown of Casale Corte Cerro in Piemonte before bringing him to his final resting place in Omegna, next to his wife.
The son of an aluminum vendor, Bialetti’s father held a patent for the Moka, but was never able to sell it successfully. That changed when Renato took over the business in 1947, decided to put his mustachioed face on the product, and ended up selling over 300 million of the coffee pots.
The pots are still a household item used by espresso lovers all over the world.
[via NY Post]