Monthly Archives: June 2013
The Coffee Percolator – James Mason patented the first American coffee percolator in 1865. It still boils the coffee – over and over the boiling coffee is passed over coffee grounds in a basket until it gains enough strength. The electric percolators, which came out around 1910, were very popular with the day’s busy housewife because the coffee maker could now “watch itself” and be trusted not to boil over on the stove. Coffee percolators could also be scaled to very large sizes, making large pots of coffee all at one time.
The Coffee Break – The British may have invented “Tea Time” but America invented the “Coffee Break”. The practice began in WW II era war effort factories to give workers a brief rest and a jolt of caffeine. Thanks to a clever advertising campaign in the mid 1950s by the Pan American Coffee Bureau, 70-80% of American workers were taking a coffee break – both factory and office workers. General Eisenhower used the coffee break idea for “Operation Coffee Cup” during his presidential campaign to meet with voters, which continued to spread the social trend of the coffee break.