About Medelco Coffee Products

Our History

The Café Brew brand of coffee and kitchen accessories is manufactured by Medelco, Incorporated.

Medelco, Inc., founded in 1976, is a family owned and operated business. Elaine Robinson, Medelco’s president, is the daughter of the company’s founder, Walter Wolczek.  Walter 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 our distributors closed up shop.  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 Chicago Housewares show.  The Café Brew® brand was born!

Café Brew is dedicated to making the lives of kitchen consumers easier.  We strive to create useful, universal, high-quality, low cost products.  Our universal carafes fit 90% of the coffee makers in use today.  Our permanent coffee filters fit all coffee makers using standard filters.  The Stovetop Whistling Tea Kettle and Stovetop Percolator are great stand alone products designed to go from stovetop to tabletop.  The newest additions to the Café Brew product line are the Glass Cordless Electric Kettle, Scented Coffeemaker Cleaners as well as the Reusable Single Serve Coffee Filter System.

All of our products are made with an unparalleled dedication to quality at an affordable price.  In fact, we will not deliver a product that we would not be proud to use in our own kitchens!

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

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

Sincerely,
Elaine and the Café Brew team

Our Facility

Our office and nearly 70,000 square foot manufacturing facility is located at 54 Washburn Street, Bridgeport, CT.  Medelco’s manufacturing, assembly, shipping and receiving has taken place at this location since 1990.  Medelco also maintained front offices in Trumbull, CT; however, in an effort to streamline operations and reconnect the office and manufacturing operations, Medelco relocated its office facility to the manufacturing facility in June, 2008.

Our facility layout consists of zones with separate, distinct purposes.  These zones include component and packaging storage, production and assembly lines, assembled product warehousing and shipping & receiving areas.  During production, our staff operates with over 200 linear feet of conveyor system for assembly of carafes, percolators, kettles and filters.  This assembly includes use of state-of-the-art pneumatic fasters, adhesive applicators and packaging heat tunnels.  We also maintain corrugated compactors for baling and recycling of nearly 40 tons of corrugated and paper materials every year.  The vast floor area, along with high ceiling heights, allows us to maintain proper organization and inventory efficiencies.

Our facility is ideally located immediately adjacent to Interstate-95.  This proximity allows for ease of trucking access which results in shipping/receiving economies for us and our customers.  The shipping and receiving facilities include 4 loading docks and 1 drive-in overhead door.  These facilities are strategically located at separate portions of the building – this allows us to accommodate the various tasks including loading/unloading of product components as well as shipping of finished products.

Café Brew Coffee & Kitchen Accessories

WBENC

Medelco is a certified member of The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  WBENC was founded in 1997 and is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its national standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. The WBENC is dedicated to advancing the success of Corporate Members, certified women’s business enterprises, and government entities in partnership with its Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs).

Environmentally Friendly Medelco

Medelco is dedicated to manufacturing products in an eco-friendly manner.  We take pride in knowing that our company is run efficiently, with a goal of minimizing impacts to the environment.  Following is a sampling of such eco-friendly efforts being undertaken in our company:

Medelco’s Eco-Friendly Products

Many of Medelco products are inherently eco-friendly because they promote the philosophy of Reduce & Re-Use. If a consumer needs to replace a coffee carafe, our universal replacement carafes fit nearly 90% of the coffeemakers on the market – the consumer is not forced to purchase an entire new coffeemaker simply because the carafe is broken.

Our permanent coffee filters encourage Re-Use of filters rather than disposal of paper filter products. Furthermore, our single serve coffee filter system allows the consumer to brew their favorite brand of coffee as a great alternative to using the disposable prepackaged units.

The scented coffeemaker cleaners work great and are fully biodegradable! All detergents and solvents meet both Green Seal and Echo Logo requirements and the end product is therefore highly environmentally responsible.

Café Brew Coffee & Kitchen Accessories

Minimize Electricity Consumption

Turn off office and assembly equipment when it's not being used. This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent; turning off the computers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent.

Recycled/Recyclable Packaging

Our product color box packaging is made from 100% recycled paperboard and is recyclable.

The inks and dyes used in our color box packaging are made from organic materials.

The corrugated material used for our shipping cartons is recyclable.

We recycle all excess corrugated materials for reuse by local paper mills.

We recently re-designed some of our packaging to eliminate the use of plastic blister material.

Reduce Product Consumption

Encourage communications by email, and read email messages onscreen to determine whether it's necessary to print them. If it's not, don't!

Use a supply of paper with maximum available recycled content.

Choose suppliers who take back packaging for reuse.

Environmentally friendly actions don’t have to be large to have an impact. Consistently reducing the amount of energy, water, and paper our businesses use can make a huge difference, both to the environment and your bottom line.

Our People

Elaine Robinson Café Brew President

Elaine Robinson

President

Elaine unofficially began working at Medelco at a very young age, along with the company’s founder (her father Walter) where she learned the ropes placing products in boxes on the assembly line.  A true success story, Elaine climbed the Medelco corporate ladder and has held the position of owner/president since 1999. Elaine tends to have a hand in most aspects of the company; however, her main area of expertise lies in the sales and marketing portion of the business.  To her credit, Medelco has experienced positive growth throughout her tenure.  Elaine holds a BS in Marketing & Communications from Boston University.

Brian Robinson Director of Operations

Brian Robinson

Director of Operations & Product Development

Brian joined the team in 2008 and has been busy streamlining operations and expanding the Café Brew product line ever since.  He’s painfully organized and spends a good deal of time working through inventory spreadsheets and managing purchasing duties.  His true passion lies in developing creative and exciting new products to meet the needs of the growing marketplace.  Brian holds a BA from Boston University and a Master’s Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Diane Kardos Customer Service Manager

Diane Kardos

Customer Service Manager

Diane has been an employee at Medelco since 2006 and oversees customer service and data processing tasks. Diane is the company “Go To” person because when someone needs an answer to anything, albeit order status, shipping logistics or the location of the copy paper – she’s got the answer!

Stanley Waluk Production Manager

Stanley Waluk

Warehousing & Production Manager

Stanley has been with Medelco since 1995 and holds the title of our longest tenured employee. He manages the company warehousing, production and quality assurance/quality control duties for our product assembly. Stanley is often seen driving around on the forklift and, to date, has managed to not drop a single pallet load of goods.