Made in Belgium: the personal coffee filter

George Karageorges, a café owner from the Belgian town of Westmalle, is credited as the inventor of the personal disposable coffee filter in 1956. But the story actually begins in Antwerp, where Frans Rombouts decided in 1896 to rent a roasting drum to roast his own coffee. His business flourished and his coffee soon became one of the best of its kind, scoring many years later at the 1958 World Exhibition in Brussels with the invention of the coffee filter.

Picture courtesy of Rombouts Koffie

The concept was commercialized in 1964. Thanks to this revolutionary discovery, everyone could now easily make a cup themselves. The filter contained a measured amount of ground coffee, roasted according to the traditional method. At home, at the office, or in a café: from then on it was no longer a comfort that was either too weak or too strong.

Today, in many pubs and canteens without an espresso machine, you are still served such a biodegradable filter from Rombouts. In 1980, Rombouts released another novelty: vacuum-packed coffee.

The new generation pre-dosed Rombouts coffee filters are available in five different variants (Dessert, Golfbrand, Italian Style, Bio & Fairtrade, and Deca) and are 100% biodegradable. The filter is made from exclusively natural and therefore environmentally friendly materials. Sustainable and easy: simply fill the filter with water at 90°C and you're done!