Everyone loves a good cup of coffee, but it's actually a very recent development in human history.
Many coffee lovers have questions about the history of coffee makers, so in this post, we'll explore the history of coffee drinkers, coffee, and coffeemakers. Let's start with coffee.
It was love at first sip. Once man discovered the taste of coffee and the stimulating effect of caffeine on the body, he was hooked. The road to a quality coffee maker has been bumpy. Original coffee makers had a slight problem in that they occasionally blew up. Sometimes they burned the coffee.
According to some, women who ran houses of ill repute were among the first great coffee makers. In 1674, men were spending so much time drinking at local coffee houses that the women in England tried to outlaw coffee. Coffee makers in the 1600s and 1700s were designed in an array of styles, most featuring a fat bulge in an effort to help retain the coffee grounds when pouring out the coffee.
Some creative individuals put coffee in a sock in an effort to contain the grounds in 1780. This heralded the birth of the Mr. Biggin coffee maker. Mr. Biggin used a cloth filter. Coffee fans tried cotton, wool, burlap, and other fabrics and materials to filter coffee. The cloth wasn't working really well. In 1802, the metal coffee filter came into use.
The 1800s were a time of rapid coffee maker development. Madame Vassieux of Lyons developed a vacuum coffee maker. Madame Richard also created a vacuum-style coffee maker. Vacuum and percolator coffee makers were widely used. In 1818, a Parisian metal smith invented the first coffee percolator. In America, the Cowboy Pot was the coffee maker of choice.
During the years 1835 to 1850, many, many coffee makers are invented. Glass balloon coffee makers, vacuum system coffee makers, piston system coffee makers, pressure steamer coffee makers, a Naperian balancing siphon coffee maker, and other coffee makers, roasters, and grinders are invented.
The birth of the Manning-Bowman Percolator occurred in 1890. House Furnishings Review magazine promoted the Cafetiere double-blown-glass coffee maker. The Raparlier coffee maker featured a filter made of hemp. This style of Hydropneumatic coffee maker was used as late as the 1960s.
Vacuum and percolator coffee makers continued to be created in different styles. Plunger filters were first introduced in the 1900s. The principle is still applied 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 progressed, Willy Brandl invented one of the first ever electric coffee makers. The major development, in this case, was the switch that automatically turned the coffee maker off when the liquid level was low.
Coffee filters as we know them today were born in 1912. Frau Benz invented Melitta coffee filter paper. Goodbye linen and cloth coffee filters. Hello, paper. Easy to use and easy to get rid of.
The first true espresso machine arrived in 1946 when Achille Gaggia designed the first espresso machine that didn't involve using steam. Within fifteen years, modern coffee makers using paper filters began to be used commercially. Bunn introduced the paper filter as it's known today in 1957. The first pour-over coffee maker was introduced by Bunn in 1963.
Mr. Coffee was born in 1972. The automatic drip coffee maker hits store shelves and starts showing up in homes and businesses everywhere. After Mr. Coffee signed Joe DiMaggio to be the company spokesman in 1974, Mr. Coffee became a household name.
When the price of coffee beans skyrocketed in 1977, Mr. Coffee created a coffee saver coffee maker that used less coffee. The first thermal coffee carafe is born around this time, giving coffee drinkers the ability to easily keep coffee hot for long periods. By 1979, timers appeared on coffee makers and have come a long way from the Cowboy Coffee Pot. It will be interesting to see how the machines evolve over the next hundred years.
New Hampshire-based Vera Roasting Company is well known for its innovative blends of coffee that have been infused with resveratrol. The protection and enhancement of both the health and wellness of its committed drinkers have, until recently, been a top focus for only the tea industry.
Following a routine medical appointment the founder of Vera Roasting and professor at the University of New Hampshire, Glen Miller, Ph.D., was diagnosed with high cholesterol in 2015.
His focus subsequently shifted to identifying a remedy for aging.
“I started working on it and I developed a method to infuse freshly roasted coffee beans with resveratrol. That means the resveratrol is inside the bean.”
Dr. Miller created a groundbreaking way to enrich the coffee-drinking experience by establishing a daily wellness routine. According to USA Today as many as 83% of US adults drink coffee per day.
Thus, the name Vera was born. Inside the word resveratrol, just like a hug, you will find the word Vera.
Today, Vera Roasting offers additional varieties of its resveratrol-infused coffee in three blends Calm Blend, Cardio Blend, and Immunity Blend in whole bean, ground, and K-Cup® options.
By delivering a premium coffee experience with added health benefits by infusing only specialty-grade, 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted locally in small batches.
“We are committed to integrity, ingenuity, and authenticity, and work to provide the best possible products and services to our customers,” Dr. Miller stated. “We imagine a world where there’s no such thing as a bad cup of coffee and our friends and family are healthier together.”
“The pandemic and the many diverse challenges of the recovery, globally and in our own backyards, have given us an increased appreciation for the fragility of life — in our relationships, in our communities, and on our planet,” says Vera Roasting Co., President, Tim O’Neil. “We’re ever more cognizant of how our decisions affect people, the environment, and the communities where we operate and source coffee around the world, which gives our work in 2021 even more significance and meaning.”
Shop online at veraroasting.com to find a variety of coffee options. Premium 100% Arabica bean coffee from Central America, infused with resveratrol. Options include; Cardio Support, Immune Support, and Mood Support are additionally infused with Vitamin D3 and CBD.
Posted by: Kate Putnam
Vera Roasting Company