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Vintage/Modern Coffee Collectibles for the Home

Who couldn't use a fresh cup?
Who couldn't use a fresh cup?

Without the mental zing offered by coffee, could we have sent men to the moon? Like all the fascinating machines born from the coffee-fueled industrial revolution that now fill museums, the push to create the perfect cup of 'joe' left many intriguing artifacts in its wake. Fortunately, many coffee-related items received the artist's touch in those days of fine craftsmanship. From simple home bean grinders to electric percolators and enameled pots, these beguiling devices, both antique, vintage and modern, serve as wonderful additions to your home decor and are guaranteed to incite stimulating conversations.

The Enterprise Manufacturing Company spared no decorative detail when maufacturing.
The Enterprise Manufacturing Company spared no decorative detail when maufacturing.

Take the antique, dual wheel cast iron coffee grinder, for example. These heavy-duty mills ground thousands of pounds of whole beans for the patrons of old general stores. With two grinding wheels, patrons or store clerks could operate the mill with left or right hands. The Enterprise Manufacturing Company spared no decorative detail on their durable grinders. Usually adorned with a base of red, and filigreed with gold, blues and black in their various designs, their antique cast iron mills were meant to attract attention.

Often repainted, vintage wall mounted grinders make unique and functional displays.
Often repainted, vintage wall mounted grinders make unique and functional displays.

A little less ostentatious but still charming, a crystal wall mounted coffee grinder holds beans in its crystal hopper and catch cup above the heads of curious young'uns. Made for use in grandma's, or great grandma's, farm kitchen before electricity lit up rural homes, these grinders will surely spark nostalgia amongst your coffee club friends. An antique crystal mill with all original parts is quite a find. You wonder what kind of stories it would tell if only it could talk.

A tabletop grinder's ease of use helps children learn the intricacies of making coffee.
A tabletop grinder's ease of use helps children learn the intricacies of making coffee.

Here's a table top coffee grinder dubbed the "Juvenile." We doubt the manufacturer really intended to sell this mill to children. After all, everyone knows that if kids drink coffee, it will stunt their growth, or so we've been told. However, with no glass parts, accessible on the table or counter top and easy to operate, children could be tasked with grinding the morning beans while Mom whipped up biscuits and gravy. Why not resurrect that family dynamic in your own kitchen?

Add some flair to your grinder with decorative coffee grinder lids.
Add some flair to your grinder with decorative coffee grinder lids.

Speaking of table top mills, above you can see a solid brass eagle decoration that was made to replace the ordinary wing nut that secures the handle to the grinding mechanism. You can add extra interest to your vintage grinder and feel patriotic at the same time. Attached to the Juvenile grinder, your kids will love to watch it spin while they crank out your fresh grounds.

Traditional, Turkish, Authentic and Beautiful.
Traditional, Turkish, Authentic and Beautiful.

Few cultures know how to brew and serve coffee better than the Turks. You don't even need to shop for vintage coffee makers or genuine antiques to impress your visitors with these new Turkish espresso sets. Handmade with brass or copper, they're as traditional as they come. A modern coffee maker and grouping of cups function exactly as those used generations ago when the Ottomans enjoyed their famous espresso.

Examples of vintage enamel and electric stove top percolators.
Examples of vintage enamel and electric stove top percolators.

Once you see an enameled stove top percolator, you'll want to brew some coffee the way maybe your parents did before the days of Mr. Coffee drip machines. If the stove top is covered with morning breakfast pans, you can also pull out the old but modern stainless steel electric percolator. Brewing by percolation once heralded the height of twentieth century coffee technology, so these appliances merit pride of place with your coffee collectibles.

Naturally, you want to drink your coffee in style. That's where a set of Valentino glass cups in holders come in. The mid-century modern design contributes a whimsical flair to your assembly of interesting coffee artifacts.

Do you throw parties? Then your collection absolutely requires a Russian samovar, and the more antique the better. These ornate and fascinating urns from the days of the tsars give meaning to all the other implements used to create rivers of steaming, aromatic energy.

While you might think coffee collectibles suit a decorating scheme trending only towards country, think again. The unique beverage pervades our lives whether we inhabit rustic cottages, mid-century tract homes, old-world mansions or space age architecture. Displaying the old with the new, the distinctive with the ordinary, creates a decorative blend particularly esteemed in our era of disposable consumerism. Gathering coffee collectibles will bring a new level of appreciation for the morning elixir of creative life.