How do you take yours? The coffee percolator was patented on this date in 1865. The documented history of coffee begins circa 1000 in Arabia, where roasted beans were first brewed. In 1615, a Venetian merchant brought coffee beans to Europe and a year later a Dutch trader brought a coffee plant. In 1696, the Dutch founded the first European-owned coffee estate, on colonial Java. About 30 years later, Brazilian Lt. Col. Francisco de Melo Palheta spirited some seedlings away from French Guiana and within several decades, Brazil was one of the world's greatest coffee empires.
A Coffee Maker circa 1850 is displayed at the British Library on August 14, 2008 in London, England. Over 50ingenious inventions and gadgets have gone on display at the British Library
Quote: "The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce." — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.