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Raise Your Mug to Melitta Bentz, Pioneering Coffee Geek!

By Jacqui | Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 10:12 am

After a few decades working in the specialty coffee industry, we’ve tried just about every coffee brewing method out there.  Aside from our dedication to the craft of espresso, we’ve spent a lot of time researching and honing pour-over coffee brewing.  It’s one of our favorite brewing methods, as it really showcases the nuanced flavors of the coffee we roast and brew.  We serve it brewed to order at our Nassau Street cafe in Princeton and make it for ourselves at home.  We’ve also blogged our step-by-step procedure to help our fans perfect their own pour-over brewing technique.

One day, as the worldlings gathered at the roaster Coffee Lab for a cupping, we all wondered aloud: Where did the name ‘melitta’ come from, anyway?  It was time for some research, and what we found out surprised and delighted us…

‘Melitta’ is named after Melitta Betnz, a German entrepreneur, who was dissatisfied with the grounds left in her espresso and decided to tinker around with the brewing process.  Percolators, she found, over-extracted the coffee, giving the cup a poor taste.  Inspired, she took some blotting paper and created the first paper filter.  She recieved a patent for her brewing design in 1908, and set up her business in Dresden, Germany.  Her progress was temporarily dampened by coffee import bans and the limited supply of metal due to World War I, but by 1929, 100,000 filters had been produced. 

At the start of World War II, the factory was reclaimed for the war effort, and used to house Allied troops.  Production continued in any available space, with workers even working from pubs while the factory was occupied.  Since the end of WWII, Melitta’s company has grown to gain international acclaim, and thanks to her innovation, we’ve been able to brew and share our specialty coffee with delicious results. 

We’re raising our mugs to Melitta Bentz, an inspiring female entrepreneur and pioneering coffee geek!

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