Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Arbuckle's Roasting Revolutionized How Hot Beverage Was Processed

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Arbuckle's Roasting Revolutionized How Hot Beverage Was Processed

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The United States is the largest coffee-consuming nation. Americans drink about 500 million cups of coffee every day, and every coffee drinker owes a big "thank you" to Pittsburgher John Arbuckle, who revolutionized the way coffee was processed and sold to consumers.

The Arbuckle family was in the wholesale grocery business, and one of its biggest sellers was coffee - coffee sold only as unroasted whole beans. Because this was the only method available, everyone's coffee turned out differently because each coffee drinker had to roast his own beans. That is, until Arbuckle had a stroke of genius after joining his brother in the family business in 1859.

In 1868, Arbuckle invented and patented a machine for grinding, roasting and packaging coffee. …

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