Category Archives: Coffee

March 15, 1865: Coffee substitutes again

As we’ve seen, the blockade caused at least one really severe hardship, a lack of coffee. Here’s yet another substitute. It’s no wonder they surrendered. SOUTHERN BANNER [ATHENS, GA], March 15, 1865, p. 1, c. 4 Substitutes for Coffee. Editor … Continue reading

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January 20, 1864: Coffee and substitutes

The Charleston Mercury reprints an item from Scientific American about coffee. It contains some bad news for Southerners affected by the blockade, I’m afraid. All the various substitutes for coffee that we’ve seen advocated are devoid of caffeine, which is … Continue reading

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May 9, 1863: Bread, coffee, and salt

Click for large map. Sherman has made it up to Hankinson’s Ferry, but he’s concerned that there’s no way they can move their armies up to the railroad over the available roads. He recommends holding up troops and limiting wagons. … Continue reading

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February 14, 1863: Dangers of rye coffee

The blockade of the south caused a lot of hardships, but perhaps none so keenly felt on the home front as the shortage of coffee. As we’ve seen before, a variety of substitutes were developed, most of them pretty disgusting. … Continue reading

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January 29, 1862: Cotton-seed coffee

Cotton seeds The Richmond Daily Dispatch shares yet another recipe for a coffee substitute (or extender). Man, the blockade was making people desperate. Cotton Seed Coffee. –We have been favored by a friend with a sample of Cotton Seed Coffee, … Continue reading

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December 20, 1861: Okra as a coffee substitute

I think we can agree that when you’re ready to drink a beverage made from toasted okra, the blockade is working. The Richmond Daily Dispatch effectively admits as much, wishing for the Mason and Slidell affair to shift the blockade … Continue reading

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November 10, 1861: *urgk*… Coffee?

Okay, I know that in New Orleans they used chicory root for coffee, but this is just ridiculous. This is evidence the blockade was definitely working. MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [MEMPHIS, TN], November 10, 1861 Coffee.—In these war times it is … Continue reading

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