Profile America: about grinding grains and beans

Washington / DC. (gov) U.S. America´s coffee-loving public has no grounds for complaint about the following anniversary. On April 03 in 1829, a patent was issued to James Carrington of Connecticut for a coffee mill. Milling is an ancient process for grinding grains and beans, and the basis of the 1829 patent was largely for its more robust, all-cast iron construction. But Carrington´s coffee mill came out to benefit from the country´s increasing taste for coffee, which supplanted tea as a favourite beverage around the time of the Revolutionary War. Today, per capita coffee consumption in the U.S. is reckoned at 24.7 gallons annually (93.5 litres). The figure for tea is just under nine gallons per year (under 34 litres). There are 445 coffee and tea manufacturing establishments across the country, with annual shipments valued at nearly twelve billion USD – according to the U.S. Census Bureau.