History And Origin Of Coffee Makers
It began with love at first sip. Once
mankind uncovered the taste of coffee and became addicted to the
soothing effect of caffeine on his tongue and body, that was when
the idea of coffee maker came about. But the process was tough as
the pioneers in producing coffee makers faced problems like
occasional blowing up and burning of coffee.
It was generally believed that women running the houses of ill
repute to be the original coffee makers. As early as 1674, men were
spending too much time drinking at local coffee houses. So much so
that the women in England attempted all means and ways to outlaw
That started the coffee revolution. Coffee
makers in the 1600's and 1700's came about in different styles. The
earliest designs had a common fat bulge in an effort to help retain
the coffee grounds when serving coffee.
One creative individual by the name of Mr Biggin put coffee in a
sock in an effort to fill the grounds in 1780. Besides cloth, he also
tried cotton, wool, burlap and other fabrics to filter coffee. In 1802,
metal filter came into use.
1800s was the period of rapid coffee maker development. Madame
Vassieux from Lyons created a vacuum coffee maker while Madame
Richard manufactured a vacuum style coffee maker. Vacuum and
percolator coffee makers were a common sight. In 1818, a Parisian
metal smith developed the first coffee percolator. In America, the
Cowboy Pot was the coffee maker of choice.
Between 1835 to 1850, countless coffee makers are invented. Glass
balloon, vacuum system, piston system, pressure steamer, Naperian
balancing siphon and other coffee makers came into place.
The birth of the Manning-Bowman Percolator happened in 1890.
House Furnishings Review magazine endorsed Cafetiere double
blown-glass coffee maker. The Raparlier coffee maker also featured
a filter made of hemp.
Vacuum and percolator coffee makers continued created in
different syles. Plunger filters were first introduced in the 1900's.
The principle is still implemented to coffee makers today. Some say
that it is virtually impossible to make a bitter cup of coffee with a
plunger style coffee maker.
As the 1900s came by, Willy Brandl devised first ever electric coffee
maker. The major transition in this case was the switch that
automatically turned the coffee maker off when the liquid level was
Coffee filters as we know them today were born in 1912. Frau Benz
created Melitta coffee filter paper which ended the dynasty of cloth
coffee filters and began the era paper filiters. Compared to cloth,
they were easier to use and dispose of.
Mr. Coffee came about in 1972. This automatic drip coffee maker
became hot cakes and and then the common kitchen appliance in
homes and businesses everywhere. After Mr. Coffee signed Joe
DiMaggio to be the company spokesman in 1974, Mr. Coffee became
a household name.
With that said, coffee makers have certainly came a long way from
the Cowboy Coffee Pot. From simple instruments to sophisticated
machines over the last hundred years.
Besides using automatic drip coffee makers, you
might want to consider automatic espresso machines which can
produce not just conventional coffee but other types as well as in
espresso, cappuccino, mocha and latta.
Find out more here.