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The History of The Coffee Machine

The History of The Coffee Machine

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Anyone who loves coffee will know the differences between espresso and filter coffee, but how many people know their history?

Modern espresso machines are available in several styles, ranging from small countertop models to sophisticated machines that ensure the best cup of coffee every time.

In this article, we will take a look back at the history of coffee machines in brief and see how far we have come.

Coffee Machine Timeline

Despite its complexity, an espresso machine is one of the oldest modern coffee brewing technologies.

Let’s take a peek at this timeline to find out more.

1865 - James Nason of the United States filed the first patent for a coffee percolator.

In 1869, Hanson Goodrich upgraded this to a stove top percolator.

1884 - Angelo Moriondo designed and patented the espresso machine in 1884.
Yes, the espresso machine dates back more than 130 years!
Moriondo, unfortunately, was never able to popularize the machine, and it never really took off.

1901 – Milanese technician Luigi Bezzera refined the espresso machine designs by patenting a number of enhancements.

1906 – Desiderio Pavoni purchased Bezerra's patents and formed the world-famous La Pavoni company, which began commercially producing espresso machines at the 1906 Milan Fair.

1908 - Due to the tendency of percolators to over-brew the coffee, making the drink bitter, German entrepreneur Melitta Bentz produced the first coffee maker employing blotting paper-based filters in 1908.

1927 – The first series of large-scale coffee machines are made in Goppingen, Germany, by a subsidiary firm.

1929 - Attilio Calimani, a Milanese designer, invented the French press in 1929.

1933 - Alfonso Bialetti patents the moka pot, which is named after the Yemeni city of Mocha. This sort of coffee maker is still widely used at home in Europe and South America today.

1954 - Gottlob Widmann invents the first electric drip coffee maker, the Wigomat, in Germany in 1954.

1961 - Faema introduced the first pump-driven espresso machine in 1961, which employed a motor-driven pump rather than physical force to achieve espresso pressure. This design established the global standard for specialty coffee production.

1972 – Mr. Coffee popularized the electric drip coffee maker across America, displacing the percolator as the most popular brewing technique for both household and commercial use.

Modern Espresso Technology

Espresso machines are now more advanced than ever because to the rapid advancement of electronic technologies over the previous few decades. Advanced equipment, can automatically grind, tamp, and brew coffee, providing astonishingly excellent espresso at the touch of a button.

It’s never too late to learn more about the many interesting stories related to coffee machines. I hope you liked reading it and found it useful in your coffee adventure!