Ashes of Italian Coffee Tycoon Placed in a Huge Coffee Pot at His Funeral
Renato Bialetti, who died this week at the age 93, made a worldwide success out of the Moka coffee-maker brand invented by his father. In an unusual tribute, the ashes of the well-known coffee impresario were placed in a giant aluminum coffee pot at his funeral. Bialetti made a worldwide success out of the stove-top, distinctively shaped Moka coffee makers invented by his father Alfonso in 1933. They are instantly recognizable for their tapered shape and a cartoon of a little man with a moustache – an image that was modeled on Renato Bialetti. The coffee pots made by the family business gained worldwide popularity, with more than 300 million sold around the globe.