[Sca-cooks] Coffee mill documentation needed

margaret m.p.decker at att.net
Fri Jan 11 09:32:19 PST 2008

AFAIK, the period coffee grinder was a mortar and pestle.  While coffee is 
documentable as a medicine to about 900 CE.  It's use as a commercial 
beverage begins in the 15th Century and doesn't reach Europe until the last 
quarter of the 16th Century.  Mechanical grinders are a somewhat newer 

The best source for the historical information about coffee utensils is 
Ukers, All About Coffee, originally published around 1922, updated and 
reissued about 10 years later.  This was the bible of the American coffee 
industry.  There is a modern reprint, but very pricey.  Try ILL first.  The 
Oklahoma State Library has a copy of the second edition.


>I figured, this group would be a good place to post a request for 
>information on a period culinary tool.  This gentle needs to document an 
>artifact for use as an heraldic
> charge. Please post responses to this list and also cc: Teceangl at 
> <tierna.britt at gmail.com>
> Yours in service,
> Dame Selene Colfox
> Aurum Pursuivant, Caid [as well as cook and bottle washer]
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: dhyrhe
> Date: Jan 11, 2008 5:21 AM
> Subject: [calontir-heralds] Re: Coffee/Grain Mill
> To: calontir-heralds at yahoogroups.com
> I'm having a difficult time finding a picture of a period Turkish
> coffee grinder. I read it described, I just can't find a picture.
> Now granted, I've only scratch the surface here and I have not delved
> into the bowels of the library.
> What I was wanting to know was whether or not there were heralds out
> there that might be coffee fanatics, archaeologists would be good too,
> :D who could tell me if there were any better sources.
> I never trust just one book. I need confirmation. I'm hoping to not
> spend a month trying to find it, that's all.
> Diuer
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