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The Turks were drinking coffee way back in 575 A.D. It was referred to as "Bunchum" and was first mentioned in written form by the renowned Arabian physician, Rhazes. From that time until around 1818, the brewing of coffee was an art form, and done by boiling or brewing it similarly to how you might brew a tea bag.
The first appearance of coffee pots was in the 1350's when pottery maker in Turkey, Egypt and Persia began making clay ewers for the brew.
In 1475, the first coffee shop was established by the Ottoman Turks in Constantinople called Kiva Han. The Turks were taking coffee very seriously at this point, because their law allowed a woman to divorce her husband if he did not supply her with a daily quota of coffee. Although, as the years went on, the Turks and Arabian people went between bans on coffee, fighting over it, and obsessing over it.
“O Coffee, thou dost dispel all care, thou art the object of desire to the scholar.” ~Arabic Poem
In 1691, France introduced a portable coffee maker. These would allow people to roast,, grind, and boil their coffee anywhere they went.
In 1710, it was again the French who brought us the linen bag used to filter coffee, which is a precursor to our modern filters.
|Diagram of a Coffee Percolator|
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Around 1800, Du Belloy invented the original drip pot in Paris. Various models used tin, porcelain, and then silver filtration systems. Since Du Belloy never patented his invention, it has been the base of many inventions since.
The French continued to dominate in coffee maker development. (Americans seemed more interested in the roasting methods.) In 1827, a Frenchman named Durant received a patent for a percolator which had an interior percolator, much like our modern ones. About 15 years later, Madame Vassieux received a patent for a coffee maker with double glass balloons. This model became very popular in the United States.
|The Wigomat - First drip coffee maker|
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All these models featured percolation methods, and this method easily made bitter coffee because it was easy to over-brew the coffee and make it too strong. Thus comes the drip method coffee maker.
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