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US – America perks up

The millions of Americans who for nearly a century and a half have enjoyed well-brewed coffee can direct their gratitude to James H. Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts.

He received the nation’s first patent for a coffee percolator on December 26, 1865. Now, not only does just about every home in the U.S. have a coffeemaker, but many also grind their own fresh from coffee beans.

The percolator still has a market niche, but since the 1970s has been overtaken by automatic drip coffee makers, and increasingly, the elaborate variants of espresso brewers.

One-point-five million metric tons of coffee and its extracts and preparations are imported annually.

The vast majority of that is unroasted coffee, and its import value runs around a half-billion dollars a month.