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History of Melitta

Melitta Coffee company began in 1908 when a young German housewife changed the way in which coffee was made. Melitta Coffee company founder was Melitta Bentz. She had a revolutionary idea. Why not use paper to filter out unwanted coffee residues? So she punctured the bottom of a brass pot and lined it with blotting paper taken from the notebook of her oldest son. Perfectly filtered coffee without bitterness and grounds dripped out of the bottom.

Prior to the 1908 Melitta coffee paper filter invention all of the complicated early devices invented to improve the taste and flavor of coffee proved merely decorative, doing little to eliminate coffee residues in the cup.

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