Medelco & Cafe Brew® Brand

Our History

The Café Brew® brand of replacement universal coffee makers, tea kettles and brewing accessories is manufactured by Medelco, Incorporated in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Medelco, Inc., founded in 1976, is a second generation, family owned and operated business. Elaine Robinson, Medelco’s President, is the daughter of the company’s founder, Walter Wolczek.  Walter, an electrical engineer, was the inventor of the talking scale – Medelco’s first product.

In addition to adding voice to the digital scale, resulting in the first talking scale for the blind, Walter was responsible for developing the first fetal pulse monitor and portable electrocardioscope.  Thus, the name Medelco is derived from the company’s original product line – medical electronics.

In 1981, one of Medelco’s distributors closed its doors.  In exchange for the debt owed, the distributor gave Medelco the patent rights for the universal coffee carafe as well as their premier booth location at the International Home & Housewares show in Chicago.  The Café Brew® brand was born!

At Medelco, we strive to provide consumers with useful, high-quality products at an affordable price.  In fact, we will not deliver a product that we would not be proud to use in our own kitchens!  The current Cafe Brew® assortment includes a wide variety of coffeemakers, kettles, replacement coffee carafes, espresso carafes, coffee filters, double wall coffee glasses and more!

Most importantly, our replacement coffee products are made from the highest quality materials including heat resistant Schott DURAN® glass from Germany, BPA-free resins and surgical grade stainless steel.

We hope that you find what you’re looking for while visiting our website.  If you don’t, or if you have any questions, please let us know.  We can be reached via e-mail at or 1-888-633-3526.  We promise to get back to you!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about Medelco and the Café Brew® line.


Elaine and the Café Brew® team

Our Leadership

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Elaine Robinson


As President of Medelco, Elaine provides strategic leadership including establishment and implementation of long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.  Elaine is also responsible for establishing sales targets and developing strategic sales plans to promote sales growth.  Elaine holds a BS in Marketing & Communications from Boston University.

Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Brian oversees day-to-day operations that support the growth and add to Medelco’s bottom line.  His focus is on strategic planning, goal-setting, and directing the operations of the company including procurement, product research & development and inventory management.  Brian holds a BA from Boston University and a Master’s Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Steve Ortale

Steve Ortale

National Account Manager

As National Account Manager, Steve implements Medelco’s strategic sales plan to expand the company’s customer base and ensure its strong presence.  Steve helps the company to achieve growth and hit sales targets by managing the sales team, setting objectives and monitoring sales representatives.  Steve holds a BS in Business from Michigan State University.


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