The History Of Pyrex Glass Coffee Pots
Pyrex is known for their iconic glass products, used for cooking and baking. What many people don’t know is that Pyrex also made glass coffee pots for French presses for a brief time. Here’s a look at the history of Pyrex glass coffee pots.
Introduction of Pyrex Glass Coffee Pots
Pyrex introduced the first glass coffee pot in 1916. These coffee pots were used specifically for French press coffee because the pot needed to be able to withstand boiling hot water yet remain intact.
Features of Pyrex Coffee Pots
The Pyrex French press coffee pots featured a cylindrical shape with a handle, pouring spout and a press-down plunger. The handle and pouring spout were made with metal materials. The plunger featured a circular ‘glove-warmer’ grip, with a wire mesh filter to keep the grounds out of the cup.
Design and Color Variations
Pyrex coffee pots ranged from 10 to 24 ounces in capacity. They were designed with a transparent glass body, to be able to see the drink being brewed. To jazz up the look of the pots, Pyrex released multiple colorful variations, with hues of green, amber, and red.
Unfortunately for Pyrex, their glass coffee pots were not a success. After production began in 1916, Pyrex discontinued the product in 1920. Reasons for the low sales may be due to the consumers’ unfamiliarity with French presses. Coffee makers and percolators were much more popular kitchen appliances in the early 20th century.
Pyrex Glass Coffee Pot Collectibles
Fortunately not all hope was lost. Pyrex glass coffee pots are now collectibles, and can still be found today. If you are lucky enough, you can often find these beautiful vintage pieces in flea markets and antique shops. Some of these pieces have been known to go for hundreds of dollars.
Pyrex glass coffee pots are no longer produced, but they will always remain a classic. These durable, heatproof glass pieces were designed to last, and many have stood the test of time. With a little bit of luck and hard work, you might be able to add one of these rare beauties to your collection.