September 13, 2006

Coffee Addicts Take Heart

In the book Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast, I've discovered that before the advent of the drip coffee process, early Americans would sometimes use cod or eel skins as an additive in order to settle the grounds to the bottom of the cup. But only if eggs weren't available.

I'm enough of a coffee fiend that I look for sales on bottled Frappucino to ensure that there's always a cheap, emergency supply of coffee in my car if I should have to leave home without it. I like to think that I'm not desperate enough to drink it along with extract of eel, but then again, who can say what they would try given sufficient motivation?

Posted by natasha at September 13, 2006 12:06 PM | Food | Technorati links |

Is that not a great book? I couldn't believe what I didn't know about coffee. I stumbled on it during a trip to Costa Rica and bought it when I got back to the US. I've referred three or four other coffee addicts to it and loaned it out to a couple of more. I had no idea that a little plant and the beans from it had such a huge impact on almost all facets of our civilization. Amazing information.

Posted by: Chuck Washburn at September 13, 2006 03:03 PM