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The Following Receipt To Make An Excellent American Wine






Was communicated to the Burlington Society for promoting domestic
manufactures, by Joseph Cooper, Esq. of Gloucester county, state of New
Jersey, and ordered to be published;--which, from its extreme
simplicity, and economy, shewing the convenience with which a very
pleasant, healthful beverage, may be kept by every family in our
country, is published in this work. And moreover, as it may have, in
some degree, the happy effects of correcting the baneful and pernicious
effects of coffee, which is so commonly used for breakfast in our state
at present.

Coffee, when first introduced, was used as a medicine only, and given
only in a well clarified state, and sparingly--both from its soothing
and pleasant effect, it become common, and now it is almost the only
beverage used at breakfast by the farmers of Pennsylvania, and indeed,
people suppose the morning repast is not genteel, unless the board is
decorated with this foreign beverage. If it was used in a moderately
strong well clarified state, it would be less injurious, but it is too
frequently set down in a non descript state, difficult to be named, mixed
with the grounds, and so far from clear, as to be entitled to the epithet
of muddy, and sweetened with bad sugar, carrying with it to the simply
ignorant family, using it in this state, the cause in a great measure of
destroying the tone of the stomach, overloading it, and by and by, the
introduction of a kind of dumb ague, or chill, followed with a fever, and
often creating intermitting and remitting fevers--consequences arising
out of the free use of bad provisions--which diseases are oftentimes kept
up by the use of this infamously prepared coffee, for when the country
people get sick, coffee is too frequently used as the only diet.

It is particularly injurious to bilious habits--souring on the stomach,
becoming acid, creating acidity, and preventing the glandular juicy
supplies from producing the usual fermentation of the food in the
stomach--rendering the chyle vitiated, which in its usual route,
imparts from the intestines, nourishment to the blood. Thus conveying
its baneful properties by this active vehicle, chyle to the blood,
rendering it foetid, discoloured and by and by, often as difficult to
be named in its adulterated state as the composition which gave rise to
it. Had we not very many instances of new diseases--complaints which the
most eminent of the medical faculty can with difficulty name, or treat
with judgment, without first having made many essays and experiments
fatal to the lives of hundreds, which are increasing with every
approaching season, and all since the adoption of coffee. (True, the
free use of ardent spirits and other luxuries operating on the effects
of indolence--of habits, produced by the wealth and independence of our
agricultural and commercial people, and growing out of an imitation of
the elevated, affluent of society, born to fortune, and the successful
professional characters;) a doubt might present itself as to the
propriety of attributing many of those new complaints to coffee ... but
to a too plentiful use of bad provisions, and an indulgence of bad
habits, we must attribute to them. And as badly made coffee is among the
most pernicious kinds of food, and particularly when taken in the
morning on an empty stomach, and that too made from very green coffee,
(dreadfully poisonous when used too frequently before it acquires age
and a whiter colour,) it may be condemned with greater propriety. And
whilst this beverage is condemned and so highly to be disapproved of, it
is well if we can invent a light, pure, active and healthful beverage to
be taken freely, between or at meals, calculated in its nature to
correct in some degree, the unhappy effects of bad provisions--it is
therefore I mention the


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