Thomas Jefferson, Third President…First Barista

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.

www.monticello.org/site/and/coffee-urn.

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.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/american-coffee-habits-spend-coffee/story?id=16923079.

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