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America Perks Up

December 26, 2014

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Profile America — Friday, December 26th. The millions of Americans who for nearly a century and a half have enjoyed well-brewed coffee can direct their gratitude to James H. Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts. He received the nation's first patent for a coffee percolator on this date in 1865. Now, not only does just about every home in the U.S. have a coffeemaker, but many also grind their own fresh from coffee beans. The percolator still has a market niche, but since the 1970s has been overtaken by automatic drip coffee makers, and increasingly, the elaborate variants of espresso brewers. One-point-five million metric tons of coffee and its extracts and preparations are imported annually. The vast majority of that is unroasted coffee, and its import value runs around a half-billion dollars a month. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at <www.census.gov>.

Sources:
Kane's Famous First Facts, 3850
Patent info
Quantity of coffee imports
Value of coffee imports


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: November 24, 2014