ProvenanceThis coffee grinder was brought to South Australia by Charlotte Spoehr, and was handed down the generations. To make coffee, the family roasted green coffee beans by rolling them with a heated cylindrical roller. They then added chicory for flavour and ground the beans in this grinder. The ground coffee was then placed in a bag and covered with boiling water. This was a daily ritual for breakfast, and again for the afternoon coffee with 'Kuchen' (cake).
August (1814-1891) and Charlotte Spoehr (1817-1901) arrived on 17 March 1847 in South Australia on board the Heloise. They both came from the Harz region in northern Germany. Soon after their arrival, August found work at the mine at Glen Osmond. They established a mixed farm, Pinedale, at Balhanna in the Adelaide Hills.SignificanceThis object is representative of household belongings from German migrants in the19th century and an example of German cultural practices brought to South Australia.DescriptionDark brown square wooden box with rotating handle on top and drawer in front.Date of Creation31st December 1847Materialwood
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Unit (Lengths): mm Accession NumberHT 2015.0632 a-b