Anniversary of First US Perculator Patent: An Evolving Concept

 Wiki-drip – It is a misnomer that James H. Nason of Franklin, MA invented the percolator on December 26, 1865.  Nay say the whistle-blowing facts. An examination of patent history and documentation courtesy of www.web-books.com under “The Evolution of Coffee Apparatus” shows that the coffee pot’s transformation into the percolator is the brain storm of many a coffee snob.  Nason, however,  is credited with obtaining the first U.S. patent on a percolator – one with “fluid joints.” Which just goes to show us that the Brain Children of the Mother of Invention do not always spring from the womb of originality.   

   
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Patent Drawings of Early French Coffee Makers 
Patent Drawings of Early French Coffee Makers
Left, drip pot of 1806—Next two, Durant’s inner-tube pot, 1827—Next (fourth), Gandais’ first practicable percolator, 1827—Right, Grandin & Crepeaux’ percolator, 1832

EARLY FOREIGN AND AMERICAN COFFEE-MAKING DEVICES
EARLY FOREIGN AND AMERICAN COFFEE-MAKING DEVICES1—English adaptation of French boiler. 2—English coffee biggin. 3—Improved Rumford percolator. 4—Jones’s exterior-tube percolator. 5—Parker’s steam-fountain coffee maker. 6—Platow’s filterer. 7—Brain’s Vacuum, or pneumatic filter. 8—Beart’s percolator. 9—American coffee biggin. 10—cloth-bag drip pot. 11—Vienna coffee pot. 12—Le Brun’s cafetière. 13—Reversible Potsdam cafetière. 14, 15—Gen. Hutchinson’s percolator and urn. 16—Etruscan biggin

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3 Responses to “Anniversary of First US Perculator Patent: An Evolving Concept”

  1. Deeli Says:

    Quote from above: “Which just goes to show us that the Brain Children of the Mother of Invention do not always spring from the womb of originality.”

    This also applies to the evolution of toilet wipes and to snobbery 😉

  2. Chuck Says:

    Have you written an article on the discovery and cultivation of the coffee bean?

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