Coffee Facts Friday

National Inventor’s Day is celebrated on Thomas Alva Edison’s birthday, February 11.  Coffeesnobology knows why.

We are a can-do people.  Recognizing this quality, President Washington urged the First Congress to “enact a patent statute” as a means to promote science, innovations and inventions.  Much later, in 1983, President Reagan honored George Washington’s decision and Edison’s prolific work by proclaiming National Inventor’s Day to be celebrated on Thomas Edison’s birthday anniversary.  President Reagan encouraged Americans to “observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

All morning long I mused how to celebrate in an appropriate way.  Nothing came to mind.  Surely as a patriotic American who loves coffee, the preferred beverage of our founding fathers, I should be able to find an appropriate way to celebrate National Inventor’s Day.  Hoping fresh coffee would stimulate ideas, I poured shade-grown beans into my conical burr grinder, and while it whirled away, I slipped a paper filter in my coffee maker and brewed a steaming mug of fresh coffee.
After the second mug of coffee, questions began to percolate.  Who invented the Conical Burr Grinder?  Who created the coffee filter and my coffee maker?
Then it came to me:  Coffeesnobology would observe National Inventor’s Day with a brief history, very brief.

850.  As the story is told, goat herder Kaldi was curious why his goats were so frisky after munching on red berries.  The goats seem to dance on the hillside.  So Kaldi chewed the red berries and soon felt energized; in fact he did a Java jig.  At first coffee beans were considered energy foods and chewed—not brewed
1600s. Drinking coffee was common throughout Arabia, North Africa and Turkey.
1822.  The espresso machine appeared in France
1865.  James H. Nason holds a patent for the coffee percolator.
1908.  A drip coffee maker is invented.  And Melitta Bentz invents the first paper coffee filter.
1931.  The Jura Company is founded in Switzerland
1994.  Capresso Coffee Equipment Company is founded
Today, Jura-Capresso Company manufactures Conical Burr Coffee Grinders.

Coffeesnobology believes the comforting and stimulating aroma of fresh coffee results in amazing inventions.  If not, we may still be grinding coffee beans by pounding the beans against a rock. Drink up.  Invent.

Learn more by visiting http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1983/11283i.htm.

http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives

http://www.roaste.com/CafeRoaste/coffeeArticles/Coffee-History-Timelines

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8 Responses to “Coffee Facts Friday”

  1. Barbara Says:

    What a delight to read a little coffee history this morning while drinking my second cup. So much that I had to leave a bit and double check what kind of filters I use and, yes, they are Melitta filters. Thank you for reminding us it is National Inventor’s Day—I will have to see what innovative thing I “can-do” today.

    • coffeesnobology Says:

      Good morning Barb,
      I’m sure you have already enjoyed a cup of coffee. Melitta Bentz was a woman determined to brew a better tasting cup of coffee without bitter grounds and experimented with blotting paper as a filter. Eventually, she developed paper filters and created a company. Oh, the power of coffee.

  2. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    A toast to Coffeesnobology, who never fail to edify their readers. Inventive ideas are percolating in my mind right now, as I sip my morning coffee. I’ve always wanted a particular kitchen gadget; perhaps its invention lies with me. Hmmm …

  3. Lynn Says:

    Dear Katharine,
    People who drink coffee are smarter, and if you ever invent a kitchen gadget do let Coffeesnobology know.

    It is interesting to be reminded that President Washington was also a man of science.

  4. Dianne S. Says:

    Aloha Lynn……..

    Love reading your messages while on the BEACH HERE IN MAUI…WRITE TO MY PERSONAL ADDRESS, OK???

    COFFEE HERE IS EVEN BETTER….HA! MISS YOU……..D.

  5. Dianne S. Says:

    LOVE YOUR MESSAGES EVEN HERE ON MAUI, LYNN..WRITE TO ME VIA E-MAIL…COFFEE TASTES EVEN BETTER HERE IN THE 82 DEGREES AND THE BREEZE BLOWING ALWAYS…..LIFE IS GOOD!!!

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