Mothers of Invention: Thank a Woman

MothersOfInventionMelitta Bentz

Melitta – does that name sound familiar?  Today its namesake’s invention is a coffee machine necessity.  If you enjoyed a steaming cup of home-brewed coffee this morning, sans coffee grounds, you have a woman to thank for that.

Amalie Auguste Melitta Liebscher, who later married Hugh Bentz, was born in Dresden, Germany in 1873.   As a housewife, she began experimenting with ways to eliminate coffee grounds from her brewed coffee and also make it less bitter-tasting.  A common practice at the time was to use a piece of cloth, or even items like socks to filter coffee, but neither method was particularly effective.

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