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Then & Now: Coffee Makers

Then & Now: Coffee Makers

Wish Book

Who doesn't love a good 'ol cup of Joe? It's a morning staple that gets you up and keeps you going. Whether you like it hot, iced or maybe even spiked, there's no doubt that most of humans are made up of 99% coffee. Okay, well that might not be a completely accurate number, but you get the point. Coffee has always has been important, and so have the machines that have made it over the years. Take a look at how coffee makers have evolved throughout the years in Sears' Wish Books.

But first, go ahead and make that cup you're craving. It's okay! We'll wait…


Perky Percolators

Colorful kitchen appliances were all the rage back in the ‘70s and coffee makers were no exception. Colors like poppy, curry and avocado were consumer favorites, and thankfully that fad faded (and here’s to hoping it never comes back).

Hosting a party and need to have enough coffee brewed for everyone? No worries! The 1971 Sears Wish Book has you covered! The "Party Urn" comes in all the same vibrant hues so your color scheme can extend beyond the kitchen. What a relief!

Automatic percolator in the 1970 Sears Wish Book
Party Urn from the 1971 Sears Wish Book
Drip Coffee Maker in the 1975 Sears Wish Book


Keurig Black Classic Series K55 Brewer
Presto 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Ninja Coffee Bar™ Brewer

Cups of Convenience

Today, we're all about the convenience rather than color. Our multi-functioning machines can now brew the perfect cup of coffee, tea and even hot chocolate in less than a minute. Sleek, contemporary designs have replaced the brightly-colored carafes of yesteryear, but what hasn't changed is the love (no, need) for this beverage.

From programmable brewing to k-cups in every flavor imaginable, our morning ritual continues to become more and more convenient, albeit a little less colorful than the '70s. But hey! That's okay with us! 

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