French Coffee Roaster
This unique antique coffee roaster was manufactured in France. It dates from the mid to late 1800s. The roaster is still in working order. To operate, coffee beans were placed in the drum, the spirit/votive burner was lit and the clockworks that turned the drum over the burner was wound and the switch set at the proper speed for roasting. The black box on the right of the photo contains the clock works, The handle for winding the mechanism detaches, when not needed. The front of the box has a door that lifts up to get to the clockworks for oiling and adjustments. On the top of the box is the switch which is labeled in French. Vitesse....refers to the speeds, Lente...slow, Rapide...fast, and Arret...stop. Coffee beans were placed in the drum by pulling the cover off of the left side. Even with its age and use, this coffee roaster is in very good condition and for anyone interested in mechanical items and/or early kitchen appliances it is worth viewing. It was acquired in England through an antique dealer from France and then bought by Steve Fisher in America.
Ian Bersten sent me this site
which shows another of these marvelous early roasters.
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