The Story of Pour-Over Coffee Began in Germany in 1908

Pour-over coffee has been rapidly gaining popularity over the last several years, in coffee shops as well as at home — but this technique for brewing might not have been possible had it not been for the inspiration of a German housewife more than a hundred years ago.

“In the early twentieth century, coffee was becoming more popular in Europe,” explains Sarah Krisl, who is in charge of corporate/online communication and sustainability for the Melitta Group of Minden, Germany, about 100 miles southwest of Hamburg. “However, brewing methods of the time left grounds in the coffee, and the finished product was very bitter.”

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