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originally posted by: butcherguy
During the US Civil War, soldiers on both sides were issued roasted coffee beans in their rations. They would grind them however they could, sometimes by putting beans in a handkerchief and pounding it between two rocks.
The coffee was boiled in a pot or sometimes in a tin cup if a pot wasn't available.
They put the ground coffee in the receptacle with the water and boiled it, then let it cool just a bit and let the grounds settle to the bottom.
Not exactly a Keurig, but it did the job for them.
If they couldn't get coffee, they roasted grain, chicory, dandelion roots or the beans from the Kentucky coffee tree to substitute for it.
15 pounds of dried beans or peas
10 pounds of rice or hominy 10 pounds of green coffee or 8 pounds of roasted coffee, or 1 pound 8 ounces of tea
15 pounds of sugar
4 quarts of vinegar
1 pound 4 ounces of candles
4 pounds of soap
3 pounds 12 ounces of salt
4 ounces of pepper
originally posted by: 123143
a reply to: butcherguy
I'm leery of any source written by a reenactor.