Over time coffee machines have changed into sleeker and more modern machines that can be moved around with ease and essentially made to match any kitchen. I currently bought an espresso machine here. It is a stylish model which matches my kitchen very well. But that is not always how they were. Originally coffee designs were quite simple. It stayed that way for hundreds of years. Originally coffee beans were roasted and grounded after which they were placed in a pot. Then hot water was added to that pot and it was covered with a lid. Covering it is what started the infusion process.

Eventually traditional coffee pots were designed for the purpose of brewing coffee only. They were formulated to trap the grounds inside of the pot before the coffee was poured. These designs had a flat bottom that was expanded to catch the coffee grounds as they sank. They also had a pour spout which was designed to catch the grinds which were floating in the coffee. Soon these designs expanded literally and figuratively with a bulge in the center of the pot designed to catch the coffee grounds when the coffee was poured.


By 1710 France had mastered the infusion brewing process and introduced it to the world. This process utilized an enclosed bag of linen into which the ground up coffee beans were placed and then submersed into hot water. The coffee beans were allowed to infuse (more commonly referred to as “steep”) in the water until the desired coffee strength was achieved. Throughout the following two centuries it was still commonplace to add coffee grounds into a pot of hot water and let it boil until it achieved the right level of strength.

France continued to stay at the height of coffee pot innovation in spite of the world’s desire to stick with the original brewing methods. They created the first modern coffee filter and the drop brewing process. In 1780 France created a two level coffee pot which had a cloth sock in the top compartment over which the water was poured. The water then drained into the bottom compartment without the grounds and the coffee was poured from a spout located on the side. The quality of coffee was based on the size of the grounds. The only downside to this method of brewing and this coffee pot design is that users could taste the type of cloth used. Soon France introduced the pumping percolator which held forced boiling water up from the bottom of the coffee pot through the grounds and then back down.

Finally the French (by way of an American scientist who was living in Paris at the time) brought us the genius French Drip Pot which had an insulating jacket designed to keep the coffee inside hot at all times. Now modern homes are equipped with a French Press or even a single cup coffee pot that makes single cups of varying flavors at a time. Coffee pots are available in all sizes and shapes as well as a variety of materials each of which have different insulating properties. Click here for more..