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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012, 6:21pm
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I have a collection of over 180 books on the Civil War, and have read most of them (some are reference materials). I have never read about the soldiers being supplied with green coffee. There was mention of them preferring whole-bean because the preground was often "cut" for more profit to the suppliers. They would grind the whole beans, mix it with their sugar allowance and carry it in a small pouch. When they had a break on teh march they would boil water by the side of the road, often in a pan made from a canteen half (heated over a fire, the canteen's solder would melt making separating the halves easy). It was so common of an occurrence that the Southern soldiers referred to the  Yankees as "coffee boilers."

 
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 2:11am
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Just a little tip, if you bake the egg shells first for 10 minutes they dry out and become more brittle. It reduces the taste and makes them easier to crush into finer pieces... Just thought I'd share that!
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 5:56am
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Coffee was an important part of the rations. There were even some rifles that had coffee grinders in the buttstock, they are not common and are sought after and I don't think the grinder was a very high quality one but it had to be better than crushing the beans between a rock and the butt of the rifle.

I have had a lot of cowboy coffee and for the people I hang with that make it this way at blacksmithing and western gatherings, the egg shells were not alone, whole eggs were stirred into the coffee (broken and mixed) to settle and trap the grounds in the bottom of the pot, for these people the main purpose was to get a cleaner cup but then.........
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 8:26am
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SHARPS CARBINE NEW MODEL 1859 "COFFEE MILL" .
Beans were "loaded" through a sliding opening in the butt plate.

 
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I remember a post by a civil war reenactor who mentioned that they cool their roasted coffee with muslin to be more historically accurate.  Being a home roaster and occasional campfire roaster, I was interested in the coffee roasting part but can't vouch for any of the historical accuracy.  History was one of my worst subjects in school.

 
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frcn Said:

SHARPS CARBINE NEW MODEL 1859 "COFFEE MILL" .
Beans were "loaded" through a sliding opening in the butt plate.

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pretty cool huh? :D

 
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calblacksmith Said:

pretty cool huh? :D

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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 3:50pm
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calblacksmith Said:

Coffee was an important part of the rations. There were even some rifles that had coffee grinders in the buttstock, they are not common and are sought after and I don't think the grinder was a very high quality one but it had to be better than crushing the beans between a rock and the butt of the rifle.

I have had a lot of cowboy coffee and for the people I hang with that make it this way at blacksmithing and western gatherings, the egg shells were not alone, whole eggs were stirred into the coffee (broken and mixed) to settle and trap the grounds in the bottom of the pot, for these people the main purpose was to get a cleaner cup but then.........
YMMV!

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My mom claims that the shells themselves helped the grounds precipitate out. She tells me that when she was a girl (in the 40s) her folks would just put a pot of water on the burner with some coffee grounds thrown in. After a few minutes they'd throw eggshells in to get the grounds to settle and then pour themselves a cup. When the inevitable company would come by, they'd just add more water and more coffee, and throw more eggshells in.
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 6:17am
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There are lots of ways to skin a cat and the same is true for this method of "brewing" Do what works for you, try other things and in the end, stick to what works, that is all that counts anyway.

 
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