This Louis XIV period coffee grinder is made of wrought iron. This model is called an hourglass because of its shape composed of two cones joined by their tops and topped by a crank handle, so the use of this model made it possible to grind the coffee beans. The first French mills were produced entirely of wood. However, little by little, the enthusiasm generated by the drink led to the "serial" production of iron mills, such as ours. As a token of its popularity, it should be noted that Diderot and d'Alembert devoted an entire chapter to this model of mill in their Encyclopedia (1751-1772).
The period of creation of our coffee grinder therefore makes it a real witness to the age of coffee adoption, as a noble drink reserved for a very privileged elite. The arrival of coffee in France dates back to around 1670, in the context of many exchanges with the East. Very quickly appreciated by the court of Louis XIV, its diffusion in high society was immediate and its consumption became a marker of elegance and modernity. Indeed, the rarity and high cost of the coffee bean make the grinder, which makes it possible to grind it, an object of social distinction that guarantees the refinement of its luxurious owner.
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Price : on request
3 500 €