President Thomas Jefferson was a thinker, a writer, an architect, an astronomer, and… a coffee snob. He favored beans imported from the East and West Indies, and detested the “green” beans that were popular in America at the time. Jefferson was also a roaster and stocked his Monticello cellar with unroasted beans. And like any true coffeesnobologist, he roasted small quantities of beans and served coffee made with freshly ground beans. As a coffee connoisseur, coffee was served in an elegant silver coffee urn of his own design.
Looking to the future, he predicted, and rightly so, that “The coffee bean, is [to] become the favorite beverage of the civilized world.”
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
Dear President Jefferson, you knew your beans! The average American worker spends around $1,000 annually on coffee. It is estimated that Americans consume about 45 pounds of coffee each year.