Pictured above: Potomac Electric Power Co. electric appliances. Percolator II/Creator(s): Horydczak, Theodor, approximately 1890-1971,/photographer/Date Created/Published: ca. 1920-ca. 1950/LOC/Prints and Photographs Division - Horydczak Collection - American Memory - Pictures
"Brew the flavorful coffee that you deserve!"
For people who insist on strong coffee, nothing beats a coffee percolator. The moment you hear the distinct sound of delicious coffee perking, smell its richness, and taste its strong, ultra all-American flavor, you'll think so too. Those who love percolated coffee have British scientist and soldier, Count Thompson Rumford, aka Sir Benjamin Thompson (1753-1814) to thank for inventing the nifty percolating coffee pot back in 1870 following his pioneering work with the Bavarian Army. Thompson's coffee percolator, however, did not use the rising of boiling water through a tube to form a continuous cycle as later coffee percolator patents did (see more below).