Mr. Coffee

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Mr. Coffee
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1970; 54 years ago (1970) in Cleveland, Ohio U.S.[1]
FounderSamuel Glazer
Vincent Marotta
Headquarters
Cleveland, Ohio
,
United States
Productscoffee makers, espresso makers, iced tea makers
ParentNewell Brands
Websitemrcoffee.com

Mr. Coffee is a registered trademark of Newell Brands. The Mr. Coffee brand manufactures automatic drip-brew kitchen coffee machines, as well as other products. Founded in the early 1970s, Mr. Coffee has often been referenced in popular culture and has been promoted by celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio and Dave Kovack.[2]

History[edit]

Mr. Coffee logo used from 1970 to 2015
Mr. Coffee logo used from 1970 to 2015
A typical Mr. Coffee machine

Vincent Marotta and Samuel Glazer founded a company in Cleveland, Ohio[3] focused on coffee delivery called North American Systems (NAS) in the early 1970s.[4] At this time, Marotta had an idea to create an automatic drip coffeemaker. Marotta and Glazer hired two former Westinghouse engineers, Edmund Abel and Edwin Schulze, to engineer the idea.[5][6] In 1972, the Mr. Coffee brand drip coffeemaker was made available for home use.[7] Prior to this machine, coffee was primarily made in a percolator, which often gave it a bitter and burned flavor. The new Mr. Coffee machine produced a much more uniform brewing temperature which resulted in a predictable flavor. Unlike later models, this original offering, with its distinctive yellow and white gingham decal, used gravity to immediately pull water through a heating section and allowed to drip freely into carafe below. Later units used thermosyphons (similar to the principle operating geysers) to carry water up from a reservoir as it reached boiling point in the lift tube. It was identical to the percolator principle but without the endless recirculation and reheating of the coffee.

In 1973, Marotta convinced former professional baseball player Joe DiMaggio[8] to become an advertising spokesman for the brand. This coffee maker sold more than one million units by April 1974.[9]

A succession of products from 1992 to 1995 — the Potato Perfect, the Mr. Coffee Juicer, Food Dehydrator by Mr. Coffee, Bread maker by Mr. Coffee, and Mrs. Tea Hot Tea Maker — contributed about one-third of Mr. Coffee's total annual sales of $174 million by 1995. The device variation for tea called Mrs. Tea differed from the Mr. Coffee-branded appliance only in detail as the company claims the drip process works equally well for tea as for coffee,[10] although the result is often a darker, samovar type of tea.

In the 1980s, Mr. Coffee endured a leveraged buyout and two significant changes in ownership before being acquired by Health O Meter Products, Inc. (eventually known as Signature Brands USA) in 1994.[11] In 1998, Sunbeam Corporation (eventually known as American Household, Inc.) purchased Signature Brands. In January 2005, Jarden acquired American Household, Inc.[12]

2012 recall[edit]

In 2012, more than 600,000 Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System models were voluntarily recalled in the United States and Canada. A malfunction caused the machines to build up steam and potentially spew water and grounds out of the brewing chamber. There were 164 reports of the malfunction made, among which there were 61 injuries including facial and hand burns.[13]

Popular culture[edit]

There have been several parodies in popular media, such as in the Back to the Future trilogy as Mr. Fusion (which was actually made for the movie from a Krups coffee grinder),[14] and in Spaceballs as Mr. Radar, Mr. Rental, and Mr. Coffee itself. In the Futurama movie The Beast with a Billion Backs, one character can be seen using a Mr. Wino machine to make wine directly from grapes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Here’s to Mr. Coffee, Known to Some as Sam", The New York Times, March 21, 2012
  2. ^ Kim, Susanna (August 4, 2015). "How Mr. Coffee Inventor Convinced Joe DiMaggio to Be Pitchman". ABC News. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  3. ^ About Mr. Coffee Archived 2011-09-24 at the Wayback Machine at MrCoffee.com
  4. ^ "Replacement Carafe Net: History of Mr. Coffee Coffeemakers". replacementcarafe.net.
  5. ^ NAS hires engineers at TheGreatWorkPlace.com
  6. ^ "North American Systems, Inc.". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 20 June 1997. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  7. ^ Mr. Coffee History Archived 2011-10-17 at the Wayback Machine at MrCoffee.com
  8. ^ "Mr. Coffee and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio". NPR.org. 29 October 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  9. ^ "A History Of The Mr Coffee Brand – TheCommonsCafe". Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  10. ^ Mrs. Tea Introduction Archived 2011-10-17 at the Wayback Machine at MrCoffee.com
  11. ^ Detailed Company History at answers.com
  12. ^ Jarden acquisitions at JardenCS.com
  13. ^ Barnett, Jim (31 August 2012). "Voluntary recall of 600,000 coffeemakers due to burn risk". CNN. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  14. ^ DiManna, Aaron (2021-01-22). "Will We Ever See a Real Mr. Fusion?". The News Wheel. Retrieved 2022-06-16.

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