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Coffee Bean or Spice Roaster

Display: Liquid Refreshments
Culinary Technique: roasting

Date: c. 1900

Dimensions: 8" h x 17" w x 8" d

Watch collection donor Mel Mickevic demonstrate this object with
Dean Christopher Koetke, School of Culinary Arts, Kendall College,
and Victoria Matranga, exhibition curator.

This cast-iron roaster could have been used in a hearth standing on its four legs in hot embers, or suspended by its collar in the eight-inch burner hole of a cookstove. The round cap swung open to accept coffee beans or spices. The hand crank turned two blades inside—one narrow blade agitated the contents to keep them from burning, and a wider, curved blade scraped the rounded floor of the container. A pin on its underside released the bowl from the collar for emptying or cleaning.