Coffee Mill


This wall-mounted hand-powered coffee mill belonged to the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 18th and 19th century. Beans were poured in the top, and the hand-operated crank rotated the burrs that milled the coffee down to grounds. Coffee was an important part of colonial trade and daily life in the colonial home as beans were roasted, ground, and brewed at home.

The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.

Date Made: 1750 - 1800

Associated Name: Copp Family

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New EnglandUnited Kingdom: EnglandPlace Used: United States: Connecticut, Stonington

Subject: Household Tools and Equipment, Beverages

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Copp Collection, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006824Catalog Number: 6824Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: mill, coffeeOther Terms: Coffee Mill; Fire Making Apparatus

Physical Description: iron (overall material)oak (overall material)beech or maple (grip material)Measurements: overall, stored on side: 7 in x 13 1/4 in x 9 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 33.655 cm x 24.765 cm


Record Id: nmah_307520

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