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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Code of Conduct

Respect for Human Rights

Respect for human rights is a fundamental value of Medelco, Incorporated.  We strive to respect and promote human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in our relationships with our employees and suppliers.  Our aim is to help increase the enjoyment of human rights within the communities in which we operate.

This Policy is guided by international human rights principles encompassed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including those contained within the International Bill of Rights and the International Labor Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

This policy applies to Medelco, Inc.  Medelco, Inc. also expects suppliers to uphold these principles and urges them to adopt similar policies within their own businesses.

We use due diligence as a means to identify and prevent human rights risks to people in our business and value chain.  Where we have identified adverse human rights impacts resulting from or caused by our business activities, we are committed to provide for or cooperate in, their fair and equitable remediation.  We seek to promote access to remediation where we are linked to or involved in those adverse impacts through our relationships with third parties.

Medelco expects the suppliers and contractors with whom we do business to uphold these same Code of Conduct standards. Should a pattern of violation of these Principles become known to Medelco and not be corrected, we shall discontinue the business relationship.

Diversity and Inclusion

We value and advance the diversity and inclusion of the people with whom we work.  We are committed to equal opportunity and are intolerant of discrimination and harassment.  We work to maintain workplaces that are free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, national or social origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, political opinion or any other status protected by applicable law.  The basis for recruitment, hiring, placement, development, training, compensation and advancement at the Company is qualifications, performance, skills and experience.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

We respect our employees’ right to join, form or not to join a labor union without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment.

We do not tolerate disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, unfair treatment or retaliation of any kind.  Harassment is not tolerated in the workplace and in any work-related circumstance outside the workplace.

Safe and Healthy Workplace

The safety and health of our employees is of paramount importance.  Our policy is to provide a safe and healthy workplace and comply with applicable safety and health laws and regulations, as well as internal requirements.  We work to provide and maintain a safe, healthy and productive workplace, in consultation with our employees, by addressing and remediating identified risks of accidents, injury and health impacts.

Workplace Security

We are committed to maintaining a workplace that is free from violence, harassment, intimidation and other unsafe or disruptive conditions due to internal and external threats.  Security safeguards for employees are provided, as needed, and are maintained with respect for employee privacy and dignity.

Forced Labor and Human Trafficking

We prohibit the use of all forms of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, military labor, modern forms of slavery and any form of human trafficking.

Child Labor

We prohibit the hiring of individuals that are under 18 years of age for positions in which hazardous work is required.

Work Hours, Wages and Benefits

We compensate employees competitively relative to the industry and local labor market, and in accordance with terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreements.  We work to ensure full compliance with applicable wage, work hours, overtime and benefits laws.

Guidance and Reporting for Employees

We strive to create workplaces in which open and honest communications among all employees are valued and respected.  The Company is committed to comply with applicable labor and employment laws wherever we operate.  The Company also ensures employees are aware of the Human Rights Policy through training.

Any employee who believes a conflict arises between the language of the policy and the laws, customs and practices of the place where he or she works, or who has questions about this policy or would like to confidentially report a potential violation of this policy, should raise those questions and concerns with management.  Employees can also report suspected policy violations through confidential notification procedures.  No reprisal or retaliatory action will be taken against any employee for raising concerns under this policy.  The Company will investigate, address and respond to the concerns of employees and will take appropriate corrective action in response to any violation.

The Human Rights Policy is aligned with the Company’s Code of Business Conduct.