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History of the Coffee Maker

Ever wonder who invented the coffee maker? The short answer is Melitta Bentz in 1908. Melitta Bentz created the first drip coffee maker using a filter she made out of blotting paper. Since the drip coffee maker is what people usually think of when they hear coffee maker, she is the quick and easy answer. The actual history of the coffee maker goes a little bit farther back.

The history of the coffee maker, like many inventions, began long ago. The Turks were known to brew coffee way back in 575 A.D. and the history of the coffee maker really begins there. Much of the history of the coffee maker has been lost to the ages, so no one really knows much about the history of the coffee maker from the time of the Turks to 1818, when the first coffee percolator was created.


Today, there are literally hundreds of drip coffee makers on the market, all variations of the original Mr. Coffee machine. Will any of the newer models become immortalized in the history of the coffee maker? Only time will tell. Certainly, there's always room for innovation and invention. The history of the coffee maker is filled with them, such as the balance siphon, which looked a lot like a scale. As the water infused from one side of the mechanism to the other, a snuffer would cover the flame, turning off the heat, allowing the water to cool and return to the original chamber. A vacuum coffee maker on steroids and certainly one of the most amazing ideas to come along in the history of the coffee maker.

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