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The percolating coffee pot was invented by the American scientist and soldier Count Rumford, otherwise known as Benjamin Thompson. However, the first US patent for a coffee percolator was issued to James Mason of Franklin, MA, in 1865. Go figure. An Illinois farmer named Hanson Goodrich is generally credited with patenting the modern U.S. stove-top percolator as it is known today.

How to percolate coffee:

  1. Just don't.

Seriously, it's about the worst thing you can do to coffee. You're running the same boiling water through the grounds over and over and over until you're left with something that resembles coffee the way a strip mall resembles the Taj Mahal.

The only thing the percolator has going for it is its convenience -- it's almost easier than auto-drip. Only its cleanup is more involved, and I suppose it's better than having no coffee at all. But only just.

The percolator's detriments are too many to list, but they include horribly high temperatures, terrifying brewing time, hideous extraction rates and utter damnation of flavor.

If you want to send your beans to Hell, put them in a percolator.

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Eclipse & Vacation

Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st there will be a total eclipse of the sun across much of the central US. So I'm headed to Missouri to watch it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, because the next one to come across the US won't be until 2045. I will be out of town that day, and will be traveling back all day on Tuesday. You can place orders on this web site, but I won't be able to ship them until the end of that week.

Then from August 28th through September 5th, I will be out of town. I've heard people mention this thing called a “vacation” and I thought I'd give it a try. Sounds fun. Again, you can place orders as usual, but I won't be filling or shipping them until later that week.

Muggsy's Beans will be at the Sauk Rapids Farmers Market this summer! We hope to see you there.

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