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- Date of production 19th/20th century
- Dimensions height: 76 cm, width: 22 cm, depth: 21 cm
- ID no. MK/E/303
- Object copyright Aleksander Kłosiński Museum in Kęty
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
Only a few of those who have visited the museum in Kęty are able to determine what the presented object was designed for. It is similar in shape to tea brewers, which were popular until recently, but its considerable size excludes this function. The device dates back to the 2nd half of the 19th century...more
Only a few of those who have visited the museum in Kęty are able to determine what the presented object was designed for. It is similar in shape to tea brewers, which were popular until recently, but its considerable size excludes this function. The device dates back to the 2nd half of the 19th century, the time when coffee, entering middle-class living rooms, was winning over more and more enthusiasts. At that time, it was sold in a form rarely seen today, namely in the form of unroasted coffee beans, which had to be roasted before grinding.
The metal construction, which consists of a mesh sphere (raw coffee beans were poured into it) and a sphere made of sheet metal covering the mesh ball, allowed one not only to roast the beans but also to separate them from coffee husks and other contaminants. After pouring the coffee, the locked sphere was placed over a fire; the turning of the mesh ball allowed one to roast all the beans evenly. Then they were ground by hand in a coffee-grinder and an aromatic beverage was brewed.
According to the Lviv paper Przyjaciel Domowy (Home Friend) from 1872, the coffee roaster was offered in three sizes at that time: half-pound, one-pound and two-pound (1 pound = 0.405 kg). Its price differed, depending on the size; the cheapest one cost 2 guldens 85 kreuzers, while the biggest one cost as much as 6 guldens 60 kreuzers.
The device disappeared when roasted coffee started to be sold. But it was also used for other purposes, for example, to easily prepare chicory coffee still today.
The device consists of a spherical wire mesh which has an opening on its side to pour in raw coffee and empty roasted coffee. The sphere is equipped with a hemisphere made of sheet metal, to which a handle is attached. Brewing coffee was carried out over an open fire by setting the spherical part in motion.
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