Coffee the Way Civil War Soldiers Made It

Yesterday I tried my hand at authentic Civil War coffee making. Here's the step-by-step instructions in case you want to try it out! My book, It Took a War mentions coffee quite a few times so I added coffee related snippets to the instructions. 

I was going to try breaking coffee beans with the butt of a rifle, but I had a feeling my dad wouldn't want me doing that with his gun....so we'll skip that step. =)


     Joe took a long sip of the hot liquid and shivered. It was his first time drinking coffee black. He didn't quite care for it but for some reason, he continued to drink it and shiver.


     Joe’s heart tugged uncomfortably but he hid his sorrow behind his mug of coffee.


     Joe hunched his shoulders against the chill and willed his arms to pour a mug of coffee. Once he had a sip of the warm beverage, he retrieved a sheet of paper and pen and started to write, using his knee as a table.


     Isabelle climbed into a chair and started to take a sip of Joe’s coffee, but mama swiftly pulled it away from her.

Joe lifted his mug to his lips to swallow down the mixture when his stomach gave a jolt. Weevils floated in his cup, breaking loose from the hardtack and settling at the bottom of his coffee.


Coffee directions via THIS article.


 What historical recipes have you tried?


 -Emily

8 comments

  1. I love this!! Especially this: "I was going to try breaking coffee beans with the butt of a rifle, but I had a feeling my dad wouldn't want me doing that with his gun..." ;)

    Also, can I just read this book now??? x)

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    1. Thanks, Em!! Yeah, I asked my dad about that but he wasn't going for it! haha!

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  2. LOVE this! =D Can I just echo Emily's comment above?
    Can't wait to read It Took a War!

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  3. Someone seriously should have invented coffee makers. If I ever have the opportunity to time travel, that's what I'm going back in time to do ;)

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  4. Oh man, I love this! I will definitely have to try it out. =)

    Thank you for sharing!

    Tessa
    www.christiswrite.blogspot.com

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