JET-O-MATIC the Original Automatic Coffeemaker - invented by M. H. Graham

This magazine advertisement featuring the Jet-O-Mat automatic coffeemaker originated in the December 1954 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. The text across the top reads "AT LAST! Coffee without Boiling." Beneath this is an illustration featuring a candle stick holder, and Jet-O-Matic Coffee Maker, shown pouring a cup of coffee. Printed beneath the coffee pot is "Jet-O-Mat automatic coffeemaker."

The lower left corner features an illustrated portrait of Duncan Hines. Next to the portrait are a few paragraphs giving details on the coffee maker and its features.

M. H. Graham was the inventor of the first Automatic Coffee Maker which he private labeled for numerous companies; Duncan Hines, Saladmaster, Towne Craft, and Health Craft to name a few.

THE M. H. GRAHAM COMPANY

In the 1930’s Maurice H. Graham’s innovations and aspirations allowed him to start his own business bearing his name: The M. H. Graham Company. The inventions of M. H. Graham revolutionized the very essence of the kitchen equipment industry, and with it he was able to make a lasting impact in the kitchens and lives of families all across North America. Many of his inventions also had a profound effect on direct cookware sales, while also helping to shape the future of the industry. For his contributions, M. H. Graham is considered one of the most influential inventors of kitchen equipment of all time. Some of his most notable inventions and patents are listed below:

  • 1932– Automatic Toaster
  • 1937– Automatic Coffee Maker
  • 1939– The Rotary Food Cutter
  • 1941– Automatic Pressure Cooker
  • 1941– Automatic Tea Maker
  • 1948– Automatic Waffle Iron
  • 1949– The Rotary Food Cutter (amendment)
  • 1951 – The Jet-O-Matic Coffee Maker
  • 1954– The Rotary Food Cutter (amendment

The founder Maurice H. Graham would unfortunately die in 1955 at the age of 66. His son, Elwood M. Graham, would fill his father’s shoes as CEO of the M. H. Graham Company. Elwood was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Criminal Investigation Division in Europe and Asia. While serving in Asia, Elwood played a role in the occupation of Japan under General Douglas MacArthur. After the war, he would join the F.B.I. becoming a special agent serving under J. Edgar Hoover in Dallas, Detroit, and Minneapolis. Elwood would also work with a non-profit The Mississippi Coast Crime Commission, belonged to the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I., and would serve on the boards of multiple corporations.

After 13 years in charge, Elwood Graham would move the business to Biloxi, Mississippi, and rebrand it as The M. H. Graham Corporation. With the change in name came a pivot in the business model as well. Elwood began to private label all of the company’s house ware goods, allowing the company to become a major manufacturer and employing around one hundred and thirty people. From 1930 to 1988, the M. H. Graham Company supplied direct sales cookware companies and restaurant suppliers throughout the world with their house ware products. The new company, Kitchen Innovations, was acquired by Chef Charles Knight of Tampa, Florida in 1992. 

JET-O-MATIC Automatic Coffeemaker and Tea Brewer

Features, Benefits and Facts

  • Stainless Steel Automatic Electric Tea Brewer & Coffeemaker Model #10.
  • The Jet-O-Matic is not a percolator. The patented jet pump "jets" a steam implosion to coffee or tea, without boiling the water.
  • Temperatures never exceed 202ᵒF at brewing level.
  • Designed and engineered to brew delicious coffee or tea without extracting the harsh flavors and bitter ingredients.
  • Brews 3 - 12 cup coffee or tea without boiling the water.
  • This amazing technology saves up to 50% on coffee and makes a great gourmet hot or iced tea brewer as well!
  • As a Water Kettle gets water hot quickly about 10 minutes.
  • High style design with a mirror stainless steel finish.
  • Automatically shuts off - light comes on to signal when finished brewing.
  • Keeps Coffee, Tea or Water at 202ᵒF until unplugged.
  • Less than 8-inches tall with No-Drip Spout.

U.S. PATENTS

  • Jet-O-Matic
  • #10 Coffee Maker
  • Made in USA
  • The M. H. Graham Corporation – Biloxi, Mississippi
  • S Patent No. 171202-2784678; 28355190-2720154; Other patents pending
  • 120 VOLTS - AC ONLY - 590 WATTS
  • NOTE: Apparently, these were made by Jet O Matic Co. but were sold under various name brands to include Health Craft, Saladmaster, Permanent, Towne Craft and other home demo companies of that time period.

JET-O-MATIC OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

  • Save these instructions for future reference
  • For household use only.
  • Fill coffeemaker with cold water to desired level with pump removed.
  • Insert pump into the well in bottom of JET-O-MATIC.
  • Fill coffee into basket using 1 measuring spoon of coffee for each 2 cups being brewed gradually adjusting to your individual taste. Drip of fine grind coffee should be used for best results. NOTE: A filter should be placed in basket to prevent sediment when making 3 or 4 cups. DO NOT MAKE LESS THAN 3 CUPS OF COFFEE.
  • Place filled basket over pump stem.
  • Press cover down on basket and lock in position by turning cover to move in either direction about one-half turn. CAUTION – Be sure cover is locked before serving.
  • Plug cord into coffeemaker first, then into wall outlet. Light comes on when coffee is ready to serve. Coffee stays hot as long as plug is in.
  • To reheat unplug cord from wall outlet. Remove grounds from basket and replace basket before plugging in. Leave pump in place or coffee will boil.

MAINTENANCE:

The Jet-Pump is the heart of the Jet-O-Matic Coffeemaker. The unique steam jet principle (patented) five you truly non-boiled, no perked coffee or tea. The action has a distinctive jet sound that you will soon associate with superior coffee or tea flavor and aroma.

The Jet-Pump will require occasion cleaning. If the action sounds weak or thumping occurs, the pump may be disassembled and cleaned with the well brush. Particular attention should be given to the screen (B) and the valve (A) which should be free of deposits.

A CLEAN COFFEEMAKER MAKES BETTER COFFEE 

Pump, basket, and cover should be washed in warm soapy water after each use. Wash inside of coffeemaker with warm soapy water and rinse. Wipe outside with damp cloth and dry. DO NOT SCOUR with harsh cleaning compounds or high polished finish will be damaged.

To clean your JET-O-MATIC, put 6 cups of water and two tablespoons of Baking Soda and a one-quarter cup of white distilled vinegar in your coffeemaker. DO NOT insert the pump in the well but lay it down across the bottom of the coffeemaker. Put the basket down in the solution also. Plug in and heat for 10 minutes, wash, rinse and dry. This will clean and sweeten your coffeemaker and the working parts.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • DO NOT IMMERSE IN WATER. Should your JET-O-MATIC coffeemaker be immersed in water by accident, let dry thoroughly for one or two days before using again.
  • If pump seems stuck after brewing, push top of pump firmly back and forth to remove.
  • The 3-foot power supply cord is provided to reduce the hazards of becoming entangled in or trippy over a longer cord. A longer cord or an extension cord may be used if market electrical rating of the extension is as great as the appliance. The longer cord should be arranged so it will not drape over the counter or tabletop when it can be pulled on by children or tripped over accidently.
  • To prevent the buildup of water deposits, clean the “PUMP-WELL” every day with the brush provided.
  • If COFFEE IS WEAK OR GROUNDS ARE DRY, BRUSH THE WELL UNTIL CLEAN AND FREE OF LIME. Make certain that the screen in base of pump is clean. Strike pump into palm of hand several times to dislodge residues and run under faucet.
  • All service work must be done by an authorized dealer.
  • NOTE: These Helpful Hints and Instructions come from the original documents included with the product at time of delivery to the customer
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    USE & CARE INSTRUCTIONS / IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS

    1. When using any electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following:
    2. Read all instructions.
    3. Do not touch hot surfaces. Use handle or knob. Do not operate without handle or knob in place.
    4. To protect against electrical hazards, do not immerse cord, plug, or heat control in water or other liquid.
    5. Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used by or near children.
    6. Unplug from outlet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow to cool before putting on or taking off parts and before cleaning the appliance.
    7. Pres cover down on basket and lock in position be turning cover to move in either direction about one-half turn. CAUTION – Be sure cover is locked before serving.
    8. Scalding may occur if the lid is removed during the brewing cycles.
    9. Do not operate any appliance with a damaged cored or plug, or after the appliance malfunctions or has been damaged in any manner. Return unit to nearest authorized service facility for examination, repair, or adjustments.
    10. The use of accessory attachments not recommended by the appliance manufacturer may cause hazards.
    11. Do not use outdoors.
    12. Do not let cord hang over edge of table or counter or touch hot surfaces.
    13. Do not place on or near a hot gas or electric burner or in a heated oven.
    14. Always attach plug to appliance first, then plug into wall outlet. To disconnect, turn any control to off, then remove plug from wall outlet.
    15. Do not use appliance for other than intended household use.
    16. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

    6 comments

    • I used to own this coffee maker. Followed above care and lasted a long time until one day it stopped working.
      Do you still sale this product?

      Irene
    • Do you have a cord I can purchase for the jet o matic coffe maker

      mary foltyn
    • Purchased the Jet O Magic in the early ‘70’s and it has decided to stop working. The “jet” doesn’t pump any longer. Do you sell the pump?

      Jean Fricke
    • I have a Jet-O-Matic that I bought many years ago in a thrift shop, not knowing what it was. I thought it was just a cute coffee pot. So I was thrilled to find this site while just browsing Youtube for waterless cookware. You have made my day.

      Carol Collins
    • I have one of these that I bought with a pan set that has quit working. Can I purchase another Jet-O-Matic percolator?

      Alor Allred

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