We live in coffee world. We have personalized coffee mugs. We have staff meetings just as an excuse to drink more coffee. We don’t have paychecks- we work for coffee money. The only language our computers understand is Java.
And when Starbucks hits a town, or even a nearby town, boy do we get excited. We live in a coffee world.
James C. Holland agrees.
Though he can’t remember when he had his first cup of Joe the father of four and grandfather of 7, does know that, “I become a true coffee connoisseur when I first went to college over fifty years ago.” That was in Texas.
James, who turns 78 this year, really couldn’t say why he liked coffee, “I just like the taste of it.”
So much so, that he decided to build his own coffee maker a few years ago. “I just wanted a good cup of coffee.”
“You can go buy a coffee maker at a store for $14,” he stated, and added, “and I spent a month and half, designing the circuitry, and all it does is a heat a measured cup of water.”
James operated HMS Mechanical, Inc. (a plumbing/electrical/heating/air contracting service)for a number of years before retiring a few years ago. Now, he tinkers around like McGyver with computers. “I have been building things for as long as I can remember.”
The coffee maker, which has not been named, was carefully designed, thought out, and handcrafted by Holland in his workshop outside his family home and in his little workroom in the family den (once a walk in storage closet).
“I just made it out of whatever I could find,” he said, “like old computer parts, plumbing parts, and scrap lumber.” The trim is pure copper.
Each piece of trim was “hand-fashioned, individually and installed.”
“And polished with lemon juice and table salt,” James studied his creation.
“It is totally electric, and if you push the start button, it goes through the whole deal, until it is ready for the coffee, without attendance.”
Not sure what he is going to do with the coffee maker, other than enjoy a good cup of coffee, James said, “This is my prototype.”
“It was a thrill for me when it took its maiden voyage,” James held a coffee cup in his hand.
After research and study, James realized that what makes a good cup of coffee is having the water “precisely measured and heated to an exact temperature.”
A graduate of old Dodge High School and a resident of south Bleckley County, James unveiled his coffeemaker, nicknamed by his wife, “The Jimbucks,” in its maiden voyage on, ironically, New Year’s Eve.
One the start button is pushed, “the machine checks to see if there is water in the reservoir,” and once that has been established, “the water is pumped to a heating chamber where it is measured in an exact cup.”
“After this, water is heated to 200 degrees, then the thermister senses the right temperature has been reached, and it activates the machine which alerts the person that the water is ready.”
A person is required to open the tap so that the “water can drain into the Swiss Gold filter (where two teaspoons of Starbucks’ coffee has been placed) into the cup.”
“I modified an answering machine with my voice so that it could be used as an alert.”
Was the maiden voyage of “The Jimbucks” a success? James Holland sipped his “Cup of James,” and smiled.
“Now, that is a good cup of coffee.”