Monticello Colonial Blend Whole Coffee Beans

Monticello Colonial Blend Whole Coffee Beans

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Thomas Jefferson called coffee “the favorite drink of the civilized world”—at Monticello, his family and many guests used about a pound each day. Balanced, smooth and aromatic, this authentic colonial-style blend provides a rich coffee experience. It includes beans from Java and Sumatra in the East Indies as well as the island of Jamaica.  In the 18th and early 19th centuries, traders from the Dutch East India Company supplied the bulk of these varieties to America.  After the English taxed tea, coffee became a symbol of American patriotism. 4 oz. package.

Jefferson and Coffee

In 1824 Thomas Jefferson deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilized world.” Jefferson enjoyed the coffee houses of Williamsburg and Paris, and served coffee at the President’s House, Poplar Forest, and Monticello. He preferred beans imported from the East and West Indies, and abhorred the “green” or unripe beans that were popular in America at the time.

Jefferson estimated that a pound of coffee a day was consumed at Monticello during his retirement. His cellar was stocked with unroasted beans in barrels weighing as much as 60 pounds. Small quantities of beans were roasted and ground in the Monticello kitchen, and then prepared according to the recipe of Adrien Petit, Jefferson’s French maître d’hôtel: “On one measure of the coffee ground into meal pour three measures of boiling water. Boil it on hot ashes mixed with coal till the meal disappears from the top, when it will be precipitated. Pour it three times through a flannel strainer. It will yield 2 1/3 measures of clear coffee.” Coffee was served at breakfast, and likely after dinner, in a silver coffee urn made to Jefferson’s design.

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