The Peugeot adventure started in the 19th century with a flurry of ingenious code-setting creations and to this day, Peugeot coffee and pepper mills set the standards for gourmets and great chefs alike. Since 1850, the lion has epitomized the quality of Peugeot products…
- 1810-1855 : Origine
- 1856-1894 : Rise
- 1900-1952 : Maturity
- 1953-1997 : Expansion
- 1998-2015 : Acceleration
1810 – Start of the PEUGEOT family’s industrial vocation
1840 – The first coffee mill
The R model, made in wood and sheet metal, is available in 10 different sizes. Up to 1870, it was called the “Ordinary Model”.
1850 – The Lion: A trademark
In 1850, the Lion symbol appears on all the saw blades. It symbolises the qualities of the Peugeot tools and utensils: Teeth resistance, blade flexibility, fast cutting.
1852 – Ladies’ fashion, new outlets
The crinoline arrived from England, Paris and the whole of France followed the movement. About 24,000 crinoline hoopskirts were produced each month, with weights varying from 150 to 300 g.
1855 – First cast-iron mills
These mills, also called “counter or grocers mills” were used to grind large quantities of a variety of grains: coffee, sugar, oats, etc.
The trademark \”Lion on an arrow\” was officially registered on 20 November 1858 at the Conservatoire Impérial des Arts et Métiers.
1874 – Z Model: First PEUGEOT pepper mill
The Z model was the very first model of the Peugeot table pepper mill, and also the most widespread, and still manufactured today!Initially, in plain white china, it was then made in silver-plated metal, in bakelite, in wood it was sometimes fitted with a crank handle.
1879 – Y Model: Second PEUGEOT pepper mill
The feature of the Y model is that it was used head downwards, as its mechanism was hidden in the head. The crystal body was delicate; when it broke it was often replaced by a wooden body.
1881 – A, C and X models
The A and C cylindrical pepper mills had a crystal body, with a wooden foot and cap.The X model had a glass body.
1889 – Tremendous development
In the Beaulieu factory alone, this year saw the manufacture of 50,000 lawnmowers, 530,000 saws, 600 tonnes of rolled steel, 540,000 watch and clock springs, 600,000 plane irons, 24,000 kg of springs and corset boning, and 450,000 coffee grinders.
A pepper mill appeared, based on the Z model, measuring 50 mm high. It was called Bijou owing to its small size.
1904 – First decorated coffee grinder
A wooden mill, with a blue design on a white background or a coloured pattern.
1910 – The COURGE model
This model called COURGE, in polished walnut, is distinctive through its very rounded shapes.
1920 – First wall-mounted PEUGEOT mill
The first wall-mounted mill was designed more than 200 different models of wall-mounted mills follows.
1930 – First attempt at electric coffee grinders
These initial models were cumbersome: the motor was outside the grinder and driven by a belt.They ceased to be manufactured in 1932.
1930 – Anecdote
During the 1930s, Jean Pierre PEUGEOT visited major American car manufacturing plants. During a big banquet it was pointed out to him that everything in the room was American.”Almost all” replied the French boss picking up the table pepper mill “except this which is French” and turning it over, added “and what is more it’s PEUGEOT”.
1931 – Bakelite model
At this time, pepper mills were not identifiable by copper plates or others as were the coffee grinders. But this bakelite pepper mill carried the Lion on an arrow, moulded on its base.
1932 – Lacquered models
During the 1930s, pepper mills were decorated with coloured lacquer.
1936 – The Ric
The “Ric” coffee grinder was invented. Its original shape, and its chromium metal parts made it a “modern luxury grinder”.
1952 – Electric coffee grinders
Practical, much lighter and less cumbersome, than the electric grinders invented in the 1930s, these models signalled the end of the manual coffee grinders. Lion, Week-end, Rubis, Ric… in all, 17 models were designed in the 1950s or 1960s.
1953 – First production of the Hostellerie model
The Hostellerie pepper mill, characterised by its slender shape, in 2005 is still in the Peugeot catalogue.
1956 – First production of the Auberge model
A real classic, made in beech; in 2005 it is still in the Peugeot collection.
1958 – First production of Peuginox
Peuginox pepper mill which, as its name indicates, is entirely in stainless steel.
1968 – First production of the Tahiti model
With its simple and modern lines, in 2005 this wooden model is in the Peugeot collection. During the 1970s, it was produced in very colourful shades, with orange or green lacquer. Later, it was offered with a stainless steel head and a wooden body, under the name “Fidji”.
1975 – The collection became larger
At that date 23 models of table pepper mills were counted, in about 70 different versions.
1987 – First production of the Paris model
Paris, one of the most symbolic models in the present Peugeot collection, is offered in unpainted or lacquered wood. This collection is today offered a very wide range of colours and sizes: from 10 to 110 cm!
1989 : Creation of PSP (Poivrières Salières Production) and takeover of the production of Peugeot mills.
1989 – Premier moulin à muscade Peugeot
Une nouvelle épice, la muscade, est tombée entre les griffes du Lion.
1990 – First production of the Nancy model
Nancy takes its inspiration from the shapes in the Paris range, in a transparent material.
1996 – One million mills sold
In 1996, the one-million mark was reached for mills and grinders sold world-wide that year.
1997 – First electric pepper mill
Initial production of the model LAVAL, the first electric pepper and salt mill. It was then offered with different finishings: black, white and blue.
2003 – Two patents, for the best spices: Chilli and Guérande Salt
In its constant search for technological innovation, Peugeot has registered a large number of patents. In 2003, two new mechanisms were invented: pre-chopping for chilli and the mill for Guérande salt.
2004 – u’Select: A patented system for adjusting the grind fineness
Invention of a system for selecting the grind fineness which allows exactly the desired fineness to be obtained. No less than six options are proposed for pepper and three for salt so that a dish and its seasoning are perfectly in tune with each other.
2005 – Divelis: The first Peugeot rechargeable electric mill
This model appears in dual form: a single rechargeable motor, and two mills. Only one hand is needed to change from pepper to salt.
2006 – Java : Join the dance
Renowned tableware designer Thomas Bastide created the Java mill. The Java mill had a cut groove design, which caused an ingenious optical illusion.
2007 – The lion expands its territory
The brand took a decisive step in 2007 in deciding to expand its product line into wine tasting by buying the company L’esprit et le vin. With its lines Saveurs d’épices, Saveurs de vins and Saveurs de cafés, Peugeot established its presence in three areas – spices, wine and coffee – to become a leading player in kitchen and tableware.
2008 – Daman: New innovation
The central shaft that previously went right through the middle of the mill was removed! This innovation offers the aesthetic and functional advantages to a transparent mill and makes refilling easier.
2009 – Creation of a line dedicated to wine tasting starts with the tasting kit
Building on its expertise in wine, Peugeot created a line dedicated to learning about wine tasting. The “Coffret Dégustation” tasting kit gives wine lovers the opportunity to pierce the mysteries of wine.
2010 – Peugeot celebrates its bicentennial
To celebrate its 200 years Peugeot revisited its “Classics” through the creation of the 1810 Limited Edition Collection: 4 iconic models (Bistro, Tahiti, Paris and Fiji). Each one is representative of an era and comes in one of 4 delicious and ultra-contemporary colours: Slate; Raspberry; Lime; and Fig. The anniversary was also the perfect opportunity to hold the competitions, ”Share your favourite mill story” and “Expose your mill”. Each offered lovers of the brand the opportunity to bring their fondest memories of the Peugeot mill to life through words or pictures.
2011 – The Peugeot electric mill enters the tactile era
Triggered by a simple touch of the hand and lit by an LED, the Elis Sense electric mill combines technology and design.
The new “Saveurs fraîches” range presents Annecy, first Peugeot cheese mill.
2013 : First electric nutmeg mill.
Enables effortless nutmeg grinding.
2014 : New wet sea salt mechanism
Designed specifically for wet salt, this mechanism features a patented system to achieve a consistent grind without any risk of a blockage, even with extremely wet or clumped salt. Its secret lies in the French-made and lifetime-guaranteed ceramic Peugeot mechanism featuring a screw which guide and mix air into the salt to ensure a consistent output.