Mrs. Beeton’s Simple Coffee ~1861

A Very Simple Method of Making Coffee.

Coffee Preparation in the 1860s

All I have to say is: Thank goodness for paper filters! Which leads us to some very interesting trivia. The paper coffee filter was invented by a woman, Melitta Bentz, in 1908. No surprise that a woman would have invented the paper filter. I would have been searching for an alternative, too, if I were in the kitchen sewing muslin filters, cleaning muslin filters, and changing them out of the coffee ring multiple times a day. What a hassle. Surprised it didn’t happen until 1908.

If you have a moment, check out Melitta Bentz’s personal story, she was a pretty amazing woman and her company is still in business.

Cheers to Ms. Bentz!

Melitta-Bentz-Coffee_Filter-Inventor
Melitta Bentz, Inventor of the Coffee Filter in 1908

From Mrs. Beeton’s recipe collection c. 1861.

To keeping warm in January!

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  1. I have done my best to switch to tea for the new year, but I must say that many people owe a great deal to Ms. Bentz! I cannot imagine how many muslin filters would have been necessary in our house to get my wife and I through grad school! Thank you for sharing.

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