Thursday 20 October 2016

Ashes of Italian coffee tycoon placed in a huge coffee pot at his funeral

Published 19/02/2016 | 10:50

The Bialetti Moka express.
The Bialetti Moka express.

Italian coffee pot king Renato Bialetti who died aged 93 has had his ashes placed inside one of his own designs after he died recently.

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Bialetti, who died in Switzerland, sold the internationally successful stove-top coffee pot which was invented by his father, Alfonso, in 1933.

His family decided to honour his life’s work by placing their father’s ashes in a giant version of the coffee pot at the funeral which was held in a Catholic church in Montebuglio, which is about 60 miles north-west of Milan.

The coffee pot and the ashes were then interred in a family tomb in a cemetery in the nearby town of Omegna, near Lake Maggiore.

Moka coffee pots are instantly recognisable for their silver exterior and a cartoon of a little man with a moustache. More than 300 million have been sold around the globe.

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