The World's Work Volume 7

The World's Work Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...dandelion, and carrot. No one has ever been able to compute the extent to which coffee, our most popular beverage, is being adulterated, but experts agree that it must be more widespread than the oleo evil. There are more than six firms in this country regularly engaged in the manufacture of coffee bean-.naking machinery. Each firm has scores of clients using the machines, which grind out bogus berries by the ton. There are hundreds of bean-making machines in daily operation, and they are producing a better-looking berry than the bush-grown bean. The factory-made berry is the more perfectly formed, and has a glossy appearance generally wanting in the true coffee berry; this is the only apparent difference. Buying the roasted berry in pulverized form, as many people do, is fraught with considerable risk. Of 24 such samples submitted to the official test, only 8 were pure, while 16 were adulterated. In any event, the best Java berry seldom reaches us. The Javanese believe that the raw berry when kept dry improves with age, and they keep their very finest brands for seven and eight years in storage before disposing of them. The national taste in this country, debased by adulteration, is not fit to appreciate eight-year-old Mocha or Java, and even if it were none but millionaires would be able to enjoy it, since a thimbleful of the genuine thing, costing 60 pfennigs in Germany, would probably cost almost Si here. Tea is now so cheap that the vegetable adulterants formerly used have become unprofitable, and it is safe to say that every pound sold in the market is actually grown on the tea-tree. Good tea should yield 26 per cent., and often as high as 36 per cent., of its weight to boiling water. But a process exists for coloring the leaves to a...
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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236536967
  • 9781236536969