… coffee is the “favorite drink of the civilized world.” And since I count myself among the members of that world, I cannot but agree to that profound statement. This “old coffeenose” here can be made very happy with anything related to coffee and thus Mary gave me this wonderful coffee container for Christmas:
This wonderful container is made of stoneware and, on its front, has a pewter plaque with that quotation from Thomas Jefferson, and, at its side, has a hadle with a pewter scoop.
This coffee canister came with a little note about Thomas Jefferson and coffee:
“Jefferson and Coffee
In 1824 Thomas Jefferson deemed coffee ‘the favorite drink of the civilised world.’ Jefferson enjoyed the coffee houses of Williamsburg and Paris, and served coffee at the President’s House, Poplar Forest, and Monticello. He preferred beans imported from the East and West Indies, and abhorred the ‘green’ or unripe beans that were popular in America at that time.
Jefferson estimated that a pound of coffee a day was consumed at Monticello during his retirement. His cellar was stocked with unroasted beans in barrels weighing as much as 60 pounds. Small quantities of beans were rosated and ground in the Monticello kitchen, and then prepared according to the recipe of Adrien Petit, Jefferson’s French maître d’hôtel: ‘On one measure of the coffee ground into meal pour three measures of boiling water. Boil it on hot ashes mixed with coal till the meal disappeares from the top, when it will be precipitated. Pour it three times through a flannel strainer. It will yield 2 1/3 measures of clear coffee.’ Coffee was served at breakfastm and likely after dinner, in a silver coffee urn made to Jefferson’s design.“
At present I’m keeping ground coffee [the “Ethiopian” variety from The Village Roaster in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver/CO] in it [it takes one pound] and I must make sure that I use it up quickly enough so that it won’t loose its aroma, but this shouldn’t be (too) difficult considering my coffee comsumption. In the future I’ll use it for coffee beans – which I normally buy – as those should keep their aroma somewhat longer than ground coffee.
- Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée (themodernmanuscript.wordpress.com)