Melitta


Melitta Bentz invents the pour-over & coffee filter

The original filter is born: Melitta Bentz, from Dresden, comes up with the ingenious idea to banish coffee grounds from cups using a paper filter, by punching holes through the base of a brass pot and placing a blotting sheet from her eldest son’s school book on it. With a patent on her invention and 73 Reich pfennigs of start-up capital, the shrewd housewife has the company, M. Bentz, entered in the Dresden commercial register on December 15th.