Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Do You Perk or Drip?
On this day in 1865, the coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason. Who knew it had been around for so long? Not I. Yet I've enjoyed that technology and the gadgets to follow.
Apparently the earliest ways of making coffee was to pulverize the roasted coffee bean and add it to boiling water--kind of like instant coffee. But this coffee didn't dissolve in the water. Instead it let a thick muck on the botton that was undrinkable. It also gave a foamy topping to the beverage. In Turkey, they still make coffee that way in many places.
The percolator would have been quite an improvement letting the water boil up through a tube and spread out on top of the ground coffee beans. There was the danger of letting it perk too long though. Electric percolators were an improvement in that eventually they had a built in timer that stopped the action when the coffee was done. And now we have drip makers and one cup makers and. . .
What would we do without our coffee? So, do you perk it or press it or drip it?