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The History Of Coffee In America

The history of coffee in America began in the mid 1600’s in New Amsterdam. It is now known as New York. Even though tea was the preferred beverage, that all changed because of the Boston Tea Party. You all remember that story from school. The colonist rebelled against the tea tax placed on them by the British. This brought about the rise of coffee being established as the preferred drink in America.


I thought I would give a timeline version of the history of coffee in America. This information comes from the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Check it out. We have come a long way since the Boston Tea Party.


Historical Timeline

1864- A patent was given to Jabez Burns for the first commercial machine that loads and unloads coffee beans with removing them from the fire.

1878- A trade paper, “The Spice Mill” is published dedicated to the coffee and tea trade.

1881- The New York Coffee Exchange is established.

1901- Luigi Bezzera patents the first espresso machine.

1916- A patent is granted to Jules La Page for a coffee grinder that produces a more uniform product thereby increasing production.

1953- Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is a globally protected certification trademark. It is monitored by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica.

1961- The S-Station drip coffee maker that uses paper filters is introduced by Bunn-O-Matic.

1966- Peet’s Coffee & Tea opens in Berkeley, CA.

1971- The first Starbucks opens in Seattle, WA.

1974- Erna Knutsen coins the phrase “specialty coffee.”

1982- The Specialty Coffee Association of America is founded.

1989- First annual SCCA conference and exhibition is held in New Orleans, LA.

1992- The SCAA conference and exhibition in Seattle, WA. was held. It had become the largest coffee show in history.

1996- The Specialty Coffee Institute (now the Coffee Quality Institute) is founded.

1999- Roasters Guild is founded.

2000- The specialty Coffee Association of Europe and The Specialty Coffee Association of America partner together to create the Would Barista Championship.

2002- The North American Barista competition is formed.

2003- The North American Barista competition changes its name to The U.S. Barista Championship.

2006- The total market size of the coffee industry is 12 billion dollars.


The history of coffee in America runs deep and I will have a lot more for you later on. We Americans spend nearly 40 billion dollars a year on coffee. It is estimated that we drink an average of 70 gallons a year. The average coffee drinker in America spends approximately $1,092.00 dollars on the beverage. That’s okay for me. It is a small price to pay for the potential health benefits that come from those cups. Enjoy your coffee.


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