In the 1840s, when the vacuum pot and Belgium balance brewers were first introduced, the concept of a plunger was around, but technology was unable to make a tight fitting filter didn’t.

By the early 1900s, the press pot, called a “Cafeolette” starting becoming more popular and was showing up on grocery store shelves. In the 1930s, Melior introduced the first model with a stainless steel filter and a metal body, then soon they introduced a model reminiscent of Bodum’s current day “Chambord” line. Why is it reminiscent? Because Bodum bought that design!

In fact, Bodum is probably more responsible for the common day occurrence of the press pot than any other company. In the seventies, they started introducing their whacked out colours in their plastic, metal and glass press pots. In the 1980s, fueled by their profits, they bought lines like Chambord and brought out more classical-look press pots. The rest is, as they say, history.