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Coffee/Tea Cigar & Tan Bark Coffee (Substitute)

cigar & tan bark coffee
(from the Georgia Journal and Messenger of Macon, Georgia, October 16, 1861)


tan bark​
3 old cigar stumps​
a quart of water​


(One of three "Recipes for the Times.")​
Take tan bark, three parts; three old cigar stumps and a quart of water, mix well, and boil fifteen minutes in a dirty coffee-pot, and the best judges cannot tell it from the finest Mocha.​

(* - Tan bark is the bark of certain species of trees, high in tannins, like an Oak Tree. It is traditionally used for tanning hides into leather.)