1900

1908

Melitta Bentz invents the coffee filter

 

1908

Melitta Bentz invents the 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 15 December.

1910

1910

The first round filter

 

1910

The first round filter

Like the original filter, this filter generation is structured in three parts and comprised of a removable water distributor, the filter body and a sieve insert, onto which the filter paper is laid.

1920

1922

Melitta® becomes red-green

 

1922

Melitta® becomes red-green

In order to protect it from the numerous imitators, from 1925 onwards, Melitta® markets the filter packages in their characteristic red-green colour combination, which is still typical today.


1930

1932

The first Melitta® lettering

 

1932

The first Melitta® lettering

1932 the typical Melitta® lettering is introduced, so that another identifying feature is created. 1937 the lettering is changed for the first and last time. To this day, it is synonymous all over the world with coffee preparation using the filter method.


The first quick filters
The filter receives its conical shape. The round, flat base with outflow holes are characteristic. With an accompanying “presser”, the square, flat filter paper is pressed into the filter shape.

1937

A perfect couple

 

1937

A perfect couple

The shape of the coffee filter changes: It is slit-shaped at the bottom. To match this, the coffee filters known today as filter bags were developed and patented. With this, the perfect shape is created for filter coffee.


1938

Melitta® comes to the cinema

 

1938

Melitta® comes to the cinema
The first commercial for the first quick filters comes to the cinemas.
1950

1954

A classic is born

 

1954

A classic is born

The pastel-coloured Melitta® earthenware pots and filters, which have been produced in their millions since 1954, have now become sought-after collectors' items.  Simple, avant-garde shapes and colourful, fashionable décors characterise the typical Melitta® crockery of the 60s and 70s.


1960

1960

Quick filter made of plastic

 

1960

Quick filter made of plastic

Melitta® develops the quick filter made of plastic. Initially transparent, they are soon manufactured in numerous colour variations.


1962

For perfect coffee enjoyment

 

1962

For perfect coffee enjoyment
In order to complete the range, Melitta® has been offering coffee since 1962. By the way, it is the first coffee roaster in Germany to offer ground and vacuum-packed coffee. Roasting initially takes place in Minden, the company headquarters.

1963

Melitta USA establishes

Cherry Hill NJ
 

1963

Melitta USA establishes
Melitta establishes production in the United States at new Cherry Hill, NJ facility.
Cherry Hill NJ
1980

1989

Natural Brown® filter paper

Natural Brown® filter paper
 

1989

Natural Brown® filter paper


Melitta is the first company to introduce Natural Brown® filter paper, made from unbleached pulp. During the manufacture of the raw materials no bleaching agents are added, thus keeping any unwanted by-products from leaching into the environment.

Melitta introduces coffee vacuum-sealed brick
Natural Brown® filter paper
vacuum-sealed brick
1990

1992

Oxygen-cleansed paper

Oxygen-bleached paper
 

1992

Oxygen-cleansed paper
In cooperation with paper manufacturers, Melitta develops a new cleansing method in order to produce white filter paper without the use of chlorine. Chlorine-free, oxygen-cleansed paper is born.
Oxygen-bleached paper

1998

The Funkaffe set

The Funkaffe set
 

1998

The Funkaffe set
The Funkaffe set is a modern design of the classic Melitta pour-over coffee brewer.
The Funkaffe set

1999

Melitta filter paper with Flavor Pores

Melitta filter paper with Flavor Pores™
 

1999

Melitta filter paper with Flavor Pores
Melitta introduces Flavor Pores to North America. Melitta develops a new filter paper generation, Melitta filter paper with Flavor Pores. This filter paper has microfine perforations that allow more coffee taste and aroma to come through while filtering out unwanted sediment, particles, and oils which have a negative effect on cholesterol levels.
Melitta filter paper with Flavor Pores™
2000

2002

Double Crimp technology

Double Crimp technology
 

2002

Double Crimp technology
Melitta has once again proven to be the industry leader and innovator with a Double Crimp technology that adds a second safety crimp for extra strength and durability.
Double Crimp technology

2004

Single serve pod machine

Single serve pod machine
 

2004

Single serve pod machine
Melitta USA begins production of single serve pod machines in partnership with Salton.
Ready Set Joe


Melitta signature cone is redesigned in colored plastic and is called the Ready Set Joe.

Single serve pod machine
Ready Set Joe

2007

Bamboo filters

Bamboo filters
 

2007

Bamboo filters
Melitta launches Bamboo filters in #2 and #4 sizes. Made with 60% Bamboo, a naturally renewing resource.
Bamboo filters

2008

Melitta Group celebrates 100 year anniversary

Melitta Group celebrates 100 year anniversary
 

2008

Melitta Group celebrates 100 year anniversary

Hamilton Beach


A full line of electric coffeemakers is launched through a partnership with Hamilton Beach

Melitta Group celebrates 100 year anniversary
Hamilton Beach
2010

2010

USA’s coffee roaster

USA’s coffee roaster
 

2010

USA’s coffee roaster


Melitta USA’s coffee roaster in Cherry Hill, NJ undergoes multi-million dollar modernization.


USA’s coffee roaster

2011

Timeless porcelain cone

Timeless porcelain cone
 

2011

Timeless porcelain cone

Melitta’s timeless porcelain cone is further adapted to have ridges on the inside walls as well as one drip-through hole to maximize coffee extraction and flavor.


Timeless porcelain cone

2012

Melitta transitions cans

Melitta transitions cans
 

2012

Melitta transitions cans


Keeping with sustainable initiatives, Melitta transitions cans to recycled composite materials.


JavaJig


The JavaJig, a reusable capsule with a paper filter, for single serve brewers, is released.

Melitta transitions cans

2013

Keurig style

Keurig style
 

2013

Keurig style


Melitta encapsulates premium Café de Europa coffees in filter cups for Keurig style brewers.


Keurig style