Mrs. Beeton’s Simple Coffee ~1861

A Very Simple Method of Making Coffee. Coffee Preparation in the 1860s All I have to say is: Thank goodness for paper filters! Which leads us to some very interesting trivia. The paper coffee filter was invented by a woman, Melitta Bentz, in 1908. No surprise that a woman would have invented the paper filter.... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1920

Three Ways to Filter Coffee. Happy Monday! Wouldn't it be wonderful if that coffee pot on the left was shown to-size with the woman in the center? Ahh... I could handle any Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Five Recipes for Sour Milk ~1917 Caramels and Popcorn ~1908 Rules for Eating ~1866  

Coffee Monday: Dated Coffee ~1937

Chase and Sanborn Dated Coffee.   Happy Monday! What, you may ask, is dated coffee? Dated coffee is always delicious and never has that rancid taste. It sounds expensive, yet its extra richness actually costs you less! Start buying rich but inexpensive Chase and Sanborn dated coffee from your grocer tomorrow and enjoy richer Iced... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Java Mills 1864

Java Mills Coffee Wholesale 1864. Happy Monday! A little pick-me-up for your Monday morning. Looks like this place is still around: 52 Vesey Street, New York. If anyone is in downtown, stop by and ask for E.B. Miller! You'll need a saucepan, a fire, a piece of muslin, coffee grounds and water. And as an... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Good Coffee 1880

Good Coffee 1880. Happy Monday! Here's a "Good Coffee" recipe - simple and straight forward. You will have better coffee than is produced by the most complicated and costly patent machine Watch out, Keurig! You'll need a saucepan, a fire, a piece of muslin, coffee grounds and water. And as an added bonus (because it's... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Coffee Custard 1885

Coffee Custard 1885. Happy Monday! How about a coffee custard to wake you up? I'm not sure how this would work. Custards are more of a solid. According to this process, you bake/cook the custard first, then add the cold coffee liquid afterwards. So is the coffee merely a sauce? Hmmm... Too much thinking required... Continue Reading →

Prefatory Matter on Coffee ~1856

Introduction to Coffee from the 1850s. Coffee, like tea, should be an infusion, not a decoction. This month I am dedicating each Monday to coffee, the rich, dark brew that invigorates and never inebriates. In reading about coffee in various cookery books, we find that the beans are always purchased fresh. There is a great... Continue Reading →

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