On August 11, 903, the first U.S. patent for instant coffee was issued to Satori Kato, a Japanese inventor, who lived in Chicago.
The patent was filed in 1901, in which year his Kato Coffee Company distributed free samples of the product at the Pam-American Exposition in Buffalo.
This sparked off the coffee revolution in the US.
Publication number: US735777 A
Patent Title: Coffee concentrate and proces of making same
Publication date: 11 Aug 1903
Filing date: 17 Apr 1901
Priority date: 17 Apr 1901
Inventors: Satori Kato
Original Assignee: Kato Coffee Company