Molinillo de Café

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This manual coffee grinder from the late 1800s is a mechanized replacement for the mortar and pestle. The covered grinding receptacle empties the ground beans into a wooden box in its base.
Description (Spanish)
Este molinillo de café manual data de fines del siglo XIX y representa el sustituto mecanizado del mortero con mano. Los granos se muelen en el receptáculo cubierto, desde donde se vierten a una caja de madera en la base.
Currently not on view
Date made
late 19th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 35.2 cm x 24.4 cm x 32.3 cm; 13 7/8 in x 9 5/8 in x 12 11/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
Household Tools and Equipment
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Data Source
National Museum of American History