Coffee Monday: Perfection 1912

Monday, Jan. 4th
Dear Diary: – The holidays are officially over. Every Monday deserves coffee. To wit: Coffee Perfection recipe included below.

“To have coffee in perfection it must be freshly roasted and freshly ground, as coffee very quickly loses its flavor. The coffee must not be boiled but only infused in boiling water.” Take note!

Mrs. Harrison’s A Complete Cookery Guide, c.1912

Straining back in the day was probably done with a cheese cloth of sorts. Check out this post on the invention of the coffee filter by an amazing woman entrepreneur if you’re looking for some inspiration to start your next million dollar idea.

Chicory was used as a coffee substitute during the Civil War when there was a coffee shortage from blockaded imports and rampant inflation. No, it doesn’t have the benefit of being caffeinated. Which I think is just a cruel joke of sorts for a Monday morning.

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