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History of the
Coffee and Espresso machines
percentage of the population loves to drink both coffee and
espresso. We are all aware of the fact that coffee and espresso
provide a boost of energy and they also warm your body up on
those cold winter days. Most, however, are not familiar with the
history of the coffee and espresso machines, themselves. Without
these machines, we probably wouldn’t see such a large population
that can easily and affordably prepare these common drinks.
Where did the coffee maker come from?
Since the days of the early Egyptians, coffee has been a staple beverage for
most people. Though the Coffee bean originated in Africa, it
quickly spread to neighboring countries, like Arabia and Egypt.
The first method of preparation was to roast the beans on an
open fire and then added to boiling water for consumption.
It is believed that coffee was probably considered a type of wine and used
to barter and trade. Fermented in much the same as grapes,
coffee was a source of energy and warmth for most, but some
drank it because they loved the taste, too.
A man by the name of Mr. Laurens came up with the first coffee-making
machine in 1818. The machine was constantly modified by coffee
drinkers. The coffee machine was actually a product that had
just as many patents by women as men, that was practically
unheard of at that time!
Through the years, the machine has become a reliable, dependable and easy to
use product. In the 1960’s, the first filter machines were
invented and the modifications have improved even more since
then. Coffee machines began as crude looking inventions, but
have evolved into many different styles, making it possible for
a Governor and a Harley biker to own the same style!
Found in just about every home, the coffee machine is made by many
manufacturers, including: Braun, Senseo, Kitchenaid, Krups and
Where did the espresso machine come from?
Discovered by a goat herder and developed by a tired, hungry traveler, the
espresso drink has provided many with the extra energy they may
need. The goat herder noticed the goats acting like they had an
extreme boost of energy. As he searched for his heard, he
noticed they were snacking on a red berry growing from shrubs.
Curious, he ate a berry and felt as if he had suddenly gained
more energy as a result. At the same time, a tired, hungry
traveler witnesses the occurrences and jumped at the chance to
try it for himself. Having the same reactions as the herder and
goats, he knew that they were on to something. He took some
berries and began to add them to drinks for those in his
hometown, as the drink seemed to be a good source of energy. The
idea took off from there!
The first espresso maker is said to have originated in 1901, by Italian
manufacturing company owner, Lugia Bezzer. He was simply looking
for a way to help speed up his employee’s coffee breaks. He
figured out that if pressure was applied in the brewing process,
the drink could be made in a lot less time. Nicknamed “The fast
coffee machine”, the espresso machine patent was sold in 1905.
The new owner, Desidero Pavoni developed an espresso machine
that used a piston pump to force water through a tube and into
Modifications on the espresso machine were halted by the onset of WWII.
Production picked up after the war and in 1946, the commercial
espresso machine was invented. Since that time, the espresso
maker has been produced by many name brand companies, including:
Juda, Mr.Coffee, Kitchenaid and Braun. Offering various
features, styles, colors and prices, the espresso machine has
come a long way!
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