Innovators Who Transformed Your Morning Breakfast Routine

When you wake up and start your morning breakfast routine tomorrow, give some thought to the people who transformed the way you prepare your food and drink before you head out to face the day.

Without these business people and the companies they were involved with we’d be preparing breakfast in a less-convenient way each morning.

Here are their accomplishments:

The Pop-Up Toaster

While other toasters received patents beforehand, Charles P. Strite invented his version – a pop-up one – in 1919. He applied for a patent that year and received it in October of 1921. In that same year, he started the Waters Genter Company to manufacture this new gadget. This toaster had springs put into it and a variable timer. In 1926, Waters Genter Co. marketed the first household toaster to brown bread on both sides at once. Marketed under the Toastmaster name, the heating element was set on a timer and automatically ejected the toast when done. Charles Strite’s Toastmaster pop-up toaster was now available for the public. The Edison Company later took over Waters Genter Co. The pop-up toaster exists today because of a man and a company that invested money and time to make it happen.

The Microwave Oven

Percy L. Spencer worked for the Raytheon Company and invented the High Efficiency Magnetron. The magnetron is the power tube that drives a radar set. He developed a simpler version of the magnetron suitable for mass production. He saw the benefit the magnetron could have in food cooking after he walked by the device one day in the Raytheon lab and noticed chocolate he had in his pocket melted. He tested un-popped popping corn kernels in front of the magnetron, and lo and behold, they popped.

This got Spencer and Raytheon thinking. He and the company
innovated, experimented, and while curiosity may kill the cat, it enlivened them to labor and come up with the first microwave oven. It took many years before a version suitable for home use became available. The first larger and heavier versions were for institutional cooking.
Percy L. Spencer eventually became Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Raytheon.

Automatic Drip-Brew Coffee Maker

Bunn-O-Matic Corporation introduced the very first automatic drip-brew coffeemaker, a commercial version for restaurants, and the like, in 1963. Prior to that food service businesses relied on percolators. This commercial model now seen in restaurants was the model X. It was Bunn’s first pourover coffee brewer. This coffeemaker was the basis for Bunn’s success as a company. George Bunn was its founder.

The first convenient and affordable automatic drip coffeemaker for home use was introduced by Mr. Coffee in 1972. This was a result of the efforts of North American Systems, Inc. founder Vincent Marotta, Sr. and his business partner Samuel Glazer.

Bunn also introduced a home drip coffee brewer that year, being a commercial quality automatic drip coffeemaker.

Breakfast just seems a whole lot easier, as do a host of other times for eating and drinking because of these creative business minds.

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