Behold! Lay Thine Eyes Upon My... Coffee Pot?


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So a lot of items throughout the pathfinder books sadly lack a picture to go with them, and some could really use it (see thread title for example.)

So why not try and find an appropriate picture for all the wizmos and gizmos we look over to try and breathe some life into these odd tools that are so often skipped over for swords and axes and other shiny things.

For starters, what do you guys think the picture for a coffee pot should be? Here's the description:

"This tall, teapotlike device contains a small chamber for coffee grounds and a large chamber for water, connected by a small tube. Heating the pot forces boiling water through the tube and into the grounds. A glass knob at the top of the tube allows you to see the color of the brew and stop when it is sufficiently strong. It can brew up to 4 cups of coffee at a time. It can also be used to make tea, steep medicinal herbs, or just boil water."


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man I must be getting old when someone doesn't recognize the description of a coffee percolator. strange, because you can still buy new ones.


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I was imagining something more complex to be honest, I was also trying to look up medieval coffee pots and the like since that's likely what people on golarion would use.


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Well the design is about what you would find from the 17th century to the mid 20th century (it works well) and since before the 17th century there wasn't much coffee drunk outside of Africa you are unlikely to find a medieval design.

I was coming back to edit since I thought my previous comment came across as snarky, but it wasn't intended that way. It just kinda surprised me that I haven't seen a percolator since the mid 1990s, when I was a kid there was a coffee percolator in everyone's kitchen and i guess in the 1970s/1980s everything switched to drip coffee markers and percolators disappeared. Something I never thought about until you mentiopned it.


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*bites tongue regarding some of the crappy art in Ultimate Equipment*


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Still use a percolator in my RV quite often.


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Once you realize that Paizo is coyly describing a coffee percolator, you can google "antique coffee percolator" to find pictures that look old and beat-up enough to have come out of some adventurer's handy haversack:

* percolator
* percolator with the insides displayed
* slightly fancier percolator that you might see in a decent inn, like I bet the Rusty Dragon in Sandpoint has one
* REALLY fancy percolator, the kind of thing some slightly unhinged Ustalavic nobleman might serve you before insisting that you remain overnight as his guest in his creepy mountain castle


Not sure I want Paizo to pay an artist to illustrate a coffee pot. I also wouldn't want to pay the extra money for a book with an increased art budget and page number associated with mundane item image bloat.


No ones demanding Paizo eat up book space with fanciful pictures of mundane items, I just wanted to do a fun exercise to see what it is DMs and players imagine when they do use these oft ignored mundane items.


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The d20pfsrd sometimes adds additional pictures for some weapons and equipment items...


Opuk0 wrote:
No ones demanding Paizo eat up book space with fanciful pictures of mundane items, I just wanted to do a fun exercise to see what it is DMs and players imagine when they do use these oft ignored mundane items.

I should think that what people imagine when they use a coffee pot is .... (wait for it) a coffee pot. Similarly, I should think that what people imagine when they use rope is rope, that what they imagine when they use a crowbar is a crowbar, that what they imagine when they use a wineskin is a wineskin, and what they imagine when they use a pound of tea is a pound of tea.

This exercise seems about as "fun" as a math test with questions like "if I have five apples, how many apples do I have?"

"The first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club."


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Orfamay Quest wrote:


I should think that what people imagine when they use a coffee pot is .... (wait for it) a coffee pot.

To be fair, the coffee pot description does sound rather arcane if you don't already know what a percolator is.

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If in Irrisen, or perhaps Ustalav and Varisian as well, (and Khopesh) tea at someone's home might be served in a Samovar rather than a typical teapot we are familiar with. I think they also used to brew tea extra strong, sometimes even boiling it down, and then later use more hot water to dilute it to taste.

Google Samovar images, and you can find Russian ones (Irrisen), Persian, etc.

I'd never heard of them until a recent Selfridge's episode.


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Michael Gentry wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:


I should think that what people imagine when they use a coffee pot is .... (wait for it) a coffee pot.
To be fair, the coffee pot description does sound rather arcane if you don't already know what a percolator is.

I agree, I spent a while trying to picture a coffee pot according the description and everything I pictured looked more like this bong than a coffee percolator.

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