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COWBOY COFFEE...

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A little lore first...

Arbuckles was a grocery store in the east that developed a process of roasting coffee beans so they kept fresh. Before that the cowboy and others of the frontier had to roast their own beans then "grind" them before getting to have that morning cup. So Arbuckles became the coffee bean of choice with its sugar and egg glaze and became the catchword for some to encompass coffee in a broad sense.

James Folger took samples of Pioneer Coffee west to the goldfields in 1851, then eight years later bought out his partners in Pioneer Mills and renamed the firm James A. Folger Company. His son expanded the business in the 1890's by distributing bulk-roasted coffee beans to grocery stores in sacks and drums. Before that the beans had to be roasted in a frying pan, on a stove or open fire and then run through a hand held grinder. The next step for a drinkable coffee was to throw a handful of grounds into a pot of boiling water as the water cooled the grounds to the bottom. Not all the grounds sank, though, so people often drank by the "saucer and blow" method, pouring coffee into a saucer, blowing to cool it off then slurping it to avoid any grounds.

John Arbuckle came out with the Arbuckles brand in 1860 and came up with the method of coating his roasted blend in a mixture of sugar, eggs and Irish moss. In addition to the packages, such as coupons for razors, scissors and such and if someone was desperate enough a wedding ring. Each package contained a peppermint stick to appeal to the younger cowboys as the cooks would bribe them to grind the coffee for them. But the highlight was the brown paper bag it was pure delight as toilet paper was not carried on trail drives.

Of course when cooks made coffee on the range, it's taste varied. If the water was extremely hard they might add a dash of salt. If the water was heavy with gypsum they might throw an egg and or egg shells in the pot to eliminate the acidic bite.

Arbuckles was so prevalent that most cowboys never knew there was any other brand. Arbuckles became a generic name for coffee, like Stetson for hats or Levi's for jeans.

I still make mine the same way each morning but in a smaller pot and not always with the eggs only when I get nostalgic and even though I use other beans depending on the budget I still grind up the beans. And I still have the large pot when company drops by. This most likely explains why I like Folgers when ma' pocket book is gettin' skinnie and I can't' buy no Arbuckles...

Today it is much easier to make if you are brave at heart, or just plum crazy and LIKE strong coffee (that's me) it can be an easy to appreciate our ancestors...

Here is how to make it on the trail.

4 quarts of water in a large coffee pot, bucket , big pan brown paper sack or whatever ye got handy.

1 1/2 cups fresh ground coffee (about or adjust to taste) bean of your choice.

egg shells

1 cup cold water (about0

Bring water to a boil then add the coffee and egg shells remove from heat, let stand 2-3 minutes ( helps the grounds settle) then slowly pour the cold water to drive the grounds to the bottom. Let stand for another minute or so if you can wait that long-then fill year camp cup...

Now that is good.
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Time for some more COFFEE ! ! !


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I love your blogs. I have a friend in Texas, I'll have to send him some of your "wit"
Keep it up.
Sue
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Merry Christams Woody!!

Annie

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Woody,

I found another present for ya!!!

You must have been a goodboy!!!

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Yes, when you were looking for new photos.

You missed her..

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Yes, you do. NO more apple pie as you seem to lose site of what is happening in front of your eyes. You silly cowboy....

Look at what you missed....

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hehehe, Mr. Monroe. Do not knock those saddles until you have tried one. I find them much easier to put on a horse than those 50 plus pound western saddles. Plus, they have the same seats.

Now what is with the coffee and eggshells??? Why are you adding eggshells?

Annie, You have hair on your chest. Oh, my....I know the Europeans have it under their arms and on their legs, but a women with it on her chest. You must have been drinking when you posted this. LOL! (we know mr. monroe is)

Egg shells...Fourth paragraph third sentance. Some recipes call for the whole egg to be mixed in with the grounds shells and all, while others say just the shell, and others just the egg or the yoke or whites. It's up tho the "bean wrangler."

Star just who is this Mr. Monroe? He ain't that feller that comes out when yer uncorkin' that blackberry brandy is it?

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hehehe, Mr. Monroe. Do not knock those saddles until you have tried one. I find them much easier to put on a horse than those 50 plus pound western saddles. Plus, they have the same seats.

Now what is with the coffee and eggshells??? Why are you adding eggshells?

Annie, You have hair on your chest. Oh, my....I know the Europeans have it under their arms and on their legs, but a women with it on her chest. You must have been drinking when you posted this. LOL! (we know mr. monroe is)

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Holy Cow, WHUT...are you "european" on now Annie?

Woodroe!!!
hehehehehehe Loved your redneck post. You've never heard of the european look?
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hay woodrow! sorry we never "met" b4.. just read your profile and I am proud 2 say I was once married 2 a guy alot like you!! Cowboy thru n thru.. My handshake and ability to BS w/ the best of 'em won his heart!! Of course my other attributes didn't hurt.. ranchin, pool playin, 100% Cowgirl.. we were so much alike! I'm up the road a bit from ya, but I know that Buffalo exit well off of I-45!! Keep your boots dry and.. well, let's just say your horses watered!! But a TRUE TEXAN knows the real finish!! Happy Trails, my new friend!
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I've had Cowboy coffee. I like it but my riding friends don't. I have to put the strainer in the pot for them. Woodroe, I like your history lessons

Thanks 4beatgirl the grounds will settle with the addition of cold water and the egg shells help also, never could understand why some people cannot stand coffee grounds but still don't spit out their snuff while consuming it...

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coffee? I have been told to stay off that caffeine stuff. I think the only time I might drink it is in a cappuccino...

Yer supposed to drink out of a cup not a cap most likely comes from them funny saddles ye posters do!

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coffee? I have been told to stay off that caffeine stuff. I think the only time I might drink it is in a cappuccino...

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I've had Cowboy coffee. I like it but my riding friends don't. I have to put the strainer in the pot for them. Woodroe, I like your history lessons
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Sorry Woodroe -
Too much work for me! I'll try a sip of yours if you promise me it won't put hair on my chest. :-D

You have no ideal what your missing.

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Annie I thought you said you wanted to be a bear, might be a good start...

do you think he'd mind my "european look?"
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Annie I thought you said you wanted to be a bear, might be a good start...
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Sorry Woodroe -
Too much work for me! I'll try a sip of yours if you promise me it won't put hair on my chest. :-D