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(224) Peet's Coffee & Tea:

Edition of 3002 of which 125 copies are signed 1-125, 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs.

Twenty-six are signed as dedication copies.

June 2,. 2010

17-5/8" x 24"
11 colors

Model: Trisha Urmi Banerjee
Costume Assistant: Margarita Ilinishna Zaydman

Client: Peet's Coffee & Tea

1-125: Saint Hieronymus Press
A-Z: Artist's own use

Dedication copies: Trisha Urmi Banerjee, Mararita Ilinishna Zaydman

Progressives: One set to Trisha Urmi Banerjee; one set to Peet's Coffee & Tea; one set to Saint Hieronymus Press.

In the America before Alfred H. Peet, coffee was (and in most of this nation, remains), a hot, thin, bitter stimulant, best taken with cream & sugar. My grandfather ushered in the day with a percolated pot of Folgerís, cut in almost equal part with ďarmored cowĒ--his term for Carnation canned, sweetened, condensed milk. It smelled really good, with overtones of Prince Albert tobacco, leather and wood smoke rounding out the olfactory feast. But it didnít have much of a taste. Plenty of caffeine, yes. A few cups of Folgerís wound your spring for the whole day, and as it aged in the pot, gradually burning, it got stronger but not better.

In 1966, Mr. Peet, late of the Netherlands, brought coffee flavor to coffee aroma, and the seed of California Cuisine was planted at Walnut and Vine. A cup of Peetís coffee has the full velvety thickness, the mouthfeel, that the fragrance promises. Peetís coffee is coffee that tastes like coffee smells.†

Iím not sure that my grandfather would have liked it, but I do.†