Coffee Machines - The Origins

Apr 24


Fenton Wayne

Fenton Wayne

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A brief history of coffee machines.


Coffee machines vary enormously but at their core they all do the same thing - brewing coffee grounds to produce the distinctive hot beverage we all love.

Early coffee machines were very basic and simply provided a means of heating coffee beans in a pan of boiling water. The essential part of these was to make sure the used coffee grounds did not make it into the final cup of beverage.

Coffee houses,Coffee Machines - The Origins Articles serving coffee and other beverages, have been in existence for over 500 years. In the late 18th century in France, it was decided that coffee should not be boiled but filtered, called drip brewing, and little has really changed in the process since that time.

The biggin, as introduced in France around 1780, was a double chambered coffee; the upper chamber held the coffee in a cloth sock onto which water was poured and the infusion drained through the holes into the lower chamber and was then heated from underneath. From this point forward there have been many other coffee machines developed such as the percolator, vacuum brewers, the Moka pot, electric drip coffeemakers and the French press as well as commercial coffee vending machines and the hissing and milk frothing equipment at barista style outlets.

Office coffee machines and catering coffee making equipment are ubiquitous and are are available to buy, rent, lease or sometimes available on free loan.

Service Maintenance Agreements are also offered to establishments in order to keep the machines running at optimum level, thereby allowing the business to concentrate on running their affairs whilst providing their staff, clients and customers with first rate quality coffee and other hot drinks.

The latest office coffee and catering machines no longer rely on instant coffee or ground coffee but brew the coffee directly from the bean. Some are now even fitted with face recognition software so that the machine instantly dispenses a cup of coffee to suit individual personal tastes solely by recognising the customer in front of the machine.

The size of coffee machines is also varied and includes compact countertop versions to large freestanding equipment which can be branded in specific logo colours for a corporate look.

Coffee machines are an important part of office life and many important snippets of gossip and information have changed hands on or near the office coffee machine which is now part of western culture.

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