Authentic Beverage: Captain Sanderson's Commissary Coffee


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May 12, 2010
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Captain Sanderson's Commissary Coffee

Roast green coffee beans over a moderate heat, taking care not to burn them, until they are brown. Let them cool, and then grind them into grounds (or simply use purchased coffee grounds). Fill a coffee boiler or pot with clean, fresh water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add coffee grounds in the normal proportion of grounds to water, and boil briskly for 2 minutes. Immediately add 1 cup of cold water, remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Pour it through a flannel or muslin cloth-or a fine mesh strainer-to separate from the grounds and serve.

From: Captain James M. Sanderson's "Camp Fires and Camp Cooking: or Culinary Hints for the Soldier: Including Receipts for Making Bread in the "Portable Field Oven". It was furnished by the Subsistence Department, published in January 1862.

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