History of "King (brand) Coffee Filters"

by Mike Thomsen
(Mesa, AZ)

King Filter Package (1950's?)

King Filter Package (1950's?)


I have found an old package of King Coffee Filters, a product of the King Coffee Filter Co., Inc., Rochester 6, N.Y. They are from the 1950's or earlier. They were made to be used with stove-top percolators.

Each filter is square, with one hole in the center which centers the filter on the empty coffee basket) and a hole on each of the four corners. After putting ground coffee in the basket, the corners were folded over and secured on the center tube to "wrap" the coffee.

The package (which cost 25 cents)was a 4 x 6 inch envelope. I'd like to learn exactly when this product was made and sold, as well as the history of the company that made it. My online searches so far have been fruitless. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.


Mike, hi.

That’s a heck of a question, but I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for you.

The best I can hope for is that one of our readers will find this and perhaps be able to help you further.

If you are reading this, and know anything about King Coffee Filters, please let us know by adding a comment below.



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King Coffee Filters - found an identical packet!
by: Margi W.

Thanks, Mike, for posting the pic of a King Coffee Filter packet. I have an identical full packet, down to the 25-cent price ink-stamped on the front, and was pleased to see yours online. Amusing to run across a product made before the age of zip codes and UPCs. Is there a museum that wants these? Or are too many still tucked away in America's kitchens?

by: Anonymous

King coffee filtets, Rochester,ny.
Business and manufacturing was on the corners of Lyell and Dewey Ave.

King Advertizing
by: Anonymous

Your father and mine were at least business friends. I remember talking to your father about the name of the company.
My father did some of the advertising (or tried)

More info please!
by: King Coffee Filter Stockholder

Would like info regarding the products and where it was in Rochester.I remember going to the stockholder meetings in Rochester and can almost remember where it was and how it looked! Thanks!

King Coffee Filters Stockholder
by: Anonymous

I remember as a kid going to Rochester to the corporate offices for stockholder meetings. My dad owned stock in the company. Would love to get more infor on what happened to the company

King Coffee Filters
by: Anonymous

My son in law came across your inquiry. I can provide you with info on King Coffe Filter Co., Inc. as my father was the inventor of this product in the 1950's. Let me know what information you are interested in and I will do my best to provide you with some answers.

wrap around perc filters.........link
by: pistachio

Melitta Coffee Filters for Percolators, White Wrap Around, 40-Count Filters (Pack of 12)


I can't get the pic to land on this message but the link is above,,,,

[ I didn't think I could post a link? ]

Missing a link
by: Nick (Coffee Detective)


Thanks for the feedback...but your post is missing the link you mention. Can you send it again?



wrap around perc filters.........
by: pistachio

I have used wrap around filter and they make a nice little package for the grounds.........

I can say that the filter will produce a smoother taste for perc......

Common today are paper discs and these sit at the bottom of the perc basket, and work well too....

However... I found these still available:

I can't get the pic to land on this response page but here it the title and I found it on Amazon...

they are identical to the KING filters.....

Perc,,, is good,,,, your barking up the right tree!

Melitta Coffee Filters for Percolators, White Wrap Around, 40-Count Filters (Pack of 12)

Product Features
Makes disposal and clean up easier!
Oxygen cleansed high quality filter paper
Case of 12 packages, each containing 40 wrap coffee filters
Traps bitter sediments and harmful oils so all that remains is the flavor of your favorite coffee

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