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Melitta brand coffeepot

Filtered coffee began its long successful run in 1908, when Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz became frustrated by the coffee grounds that kept settling at the bottom of her cup.

She used hammer and nails to punch holes into the bottom of an old tin and covered it with blotter paper, which she took from her son's notebook. Coffee filters were born.

By 1936, the filter had evolved into its cone shape.

Our exhibit investigates: who actually makes coffee with this pot? And what might it teach us about the evolution of gender-specific coffee making habit?



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