Have you ever taken a good hard look at the trusty Mr. Coffee maker you use day in and day out? While it may seem like a simple device that does its job by brewing cup after cup of delicious, hot coffee, it’s actually the byproduct of the influence of technology in the coffee industry over the past two centuries.
Most of us are thanking our lucky stars for the use of technology when it comes to brewing coffee. It means we can now have our morning brew faster, fresher, and more flavorful than ever before. Yes, we have definitely come a long way from brewing coffee grounds in a sock over a campfire like the cowboys used to do, and we have technology to thank for it…
Coffee Technology: Where Did It All Begin?
The first major technological innovation in the coffee world was the invention of the first espresso machine in France in 1822. By the time that 1933 rolled around, the first automatic espresso machine had been manufactured by Dr. Illy, the founder of the Illy brand of Italian gourmet espresso. A model closer to what we know as a modern-day espresso machine was created by Achilles Gaggia in 1946, yet the first pump driven espresso machine wasn’t introduced until 1960.
When it comes to coffee, vacuum brewers and percolators were used throughout the 1800s, but it wasn’t until 1963 when Bunn made the first commercial drip brew coffee maker available for household use. Mr. Coffee hit its peak in popularity when it was introduced to the market in 1972.
The Best of the Best in Coffee Technology
While we still use the basic models of espresso machines and drip brew coffee makers today, coffee technology has made leaps and bounds. Standard espresso machines are now souped up with all the bells and whistles so that you can brew barista quality espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos with the touch of a button.
That’s right – a super automatic espresso machine will brew a customized beverage of your choice using a one touch brewing system; you can also customize and save several personalized beverages per machine, depending upon the model.
If you’re looking for convenience, the Keurig single cup brewer takes the cake. This brewing system uses pod brewing technology to brew a single cup of coffee in under 60 seconds, with a wide variety of K Cup flavors available to brew coffee or tea.
When it comes to the future of coffee technology today, caffeine addicts can rejoice. Technological advancements are making coffee more portable than ever with devices like the Handpresso portable espresso maker for espresso on the go, or a mobile coffee maker that can be built into your vehicle.
Oh, and don’t forget about the latest and greatest Sirena espresso machine available at Starbucks, designed by none other than BMW. For only $599, you can take home a top-of-the-line espresso machine that will purr like a luxury sports car every time you brew…