WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
AMERICA PERKS UP
Profile America — Monday, December 26th. The millions of Americans who for 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 this date in 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 and pod coffee makers, and increasingly, the elaborate variants of espresso brewers. One-point-five-seven 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 is about $2.9 billion per year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
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Patent/accessed 9/29/2016: http://www.google.com/patents/US51741
Quantity of coffee imports/accessed 9/29/2016: http://www.ers.usda.gov/datafiles/US_Food_Imports/__Value_of_US_food_imports_detailed_tables_by_food_group/Coffeet2_1_.xlsx
Value of coffee imports: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/current_press_release/exh8.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau