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  •  What a lovely diary. (3+ / 0-)
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    My doctor told me to give up caffeine, so I had to go to Starbucks decaff for the most part because they make the only drinkable stuff available here. I still have a cup of the real thing occasionally, including one to celebrate this fine diary.
    Back in the '70s, before drip machines became available, we bought a rather elaborate and decorative two chamber drip pot, mainly because my husband had a thing for the inventions of Count Rumford, who wrote "Excellent Qualities of Coffee and the Art of Making it in the Highest Perfection." in 1812.

    An eccentric Anglo-American inventor by the name of Benjamin Thompson stepped in at this point to solve the temperature issues with the original French drip pot. Thompson fought on the British side in the American Revolutionary War and moved back to London afterwards where he became a minister in the government and knighted by King George III in 1784. Beginning in 1785 he worked for the Bavarian government where he helped the military with everything from food to explosives. In 1791 he was named a Count of the Holy Roman Empire and from then on is referred to as Count Rumford. He left Bavaria around 1799, after which he lived in both England and France.

    On one of his sojourns in France, Count Rumford improved on the Archbishop’s drip coffee pot by enclosing it in an insulating jacket which could be filled with hot water, keeping the pot warm throughout the dripping process. Sometimes Rumford is credited with creating the first percolator, but this is a bit of a misnomer. The verb “to percolate” describes what happens when a liquid passes through a permeable substance. In that sense, the first drip coffee pot was a percolator. Modern usage of the term “coffee percolator” usually refers to the “pumping percolator”.

    "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

    by northsylvania on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 02:41:06 AM PDT

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