Voltaire's Coffee Pot


François-Marie Arouet A.K.A. Voltaire


Coffee Pot


Implants non-conformist thoughts


Produces 60 cups per cycle









Date of Collection

January, 1778



François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state.

Voltaire was also known to have been an advocate for coffee, as he was reported to have drunk it 50–72 times per day. It has been suggested that high amounts of caffeine acted as a mental stimulant to his creativity.


When placed on a heated plate, the coffee pot will begin to fill with a fine roasted and very strong brew of coffee. This coffee can, in moderate amounts, cause the drinker to develop thoughts an ideas related to non-conformity and free thinking.

Unfortunately, to compensate for it's old master's insatiable love of the drink, it will spew a near endless stream on coffee, stopping only when it has produced roughly sixty full cups. Removing it from the heat source will not stop this, and will result only in a cold cup.


The idea that the man known as Voltaire was in possession of or had created an artifact was a popular notion in Warehouse 10, where people of note were carefully monitored for unusual behaviour or prowess. When news that his banishment from Paris had been lifted and he was set to return, a team of agents was dispatched to his estate in Ferney. They introduced themselves as the cleaning staff and spent the next few days systematically going through all of his remaining belongings.

It should have been no real surprise when his coffee pot triggered an artifact reaction, and it was safely collected and returned around the same time Voltaire died in Paris.

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