WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28: COFFEE
Profile America — Wednesday, December 28th. Millions of bleary-eyed Americans who fumble around in the morning owe a lot to someone they never heard of — James H. Mason of Franklin, Massachusetts. This week in 1865, he received a patent for a coffee percolator. 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. And the percolator has grown into big coffee machines, seen in most offices, and a seemingly ever-growing number of retail coffee shops. It's clear that Americans love their coffee. We each consume more than 23 gallons of regular and decaf a year, as well as their more sophisticated variations, such as latte and espresso. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy.
Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events, Those Were the Days
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 215
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau