Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Coffee Tales - 19th-century France

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1917 Henri Matisse (French artist, 1869–1954) Laurette's Head with a Coffee Cup

During the 19th century, with coffee consumption booming in the new world, better methods of coffee brewing techniques bubbled up in Europe. In 1822, a Frenchman named Louis Bernard Rabaut invented a machine which, by using steam, forced the hot water through the coffee grounds instead of the typical "drip" method. This was the birth of the first espresso machine.
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