German sabotage actually damaged the Statue of Liberty during WWI
Americans throwing tea in Boston Harbor were the start of our movement towards the dark and bitter nectar of the gods. This is why tea time is over and why we Americans are now taking coffee breaks.
Cafes were the center of political discussions during the American Revolution. Few things are as inextricably linked to the United States and its military today as coffee.
During the Civil War, coffee was the only fresh food that troops on the battlefield could get. It might even have made a difference in the outcome of the war, if morale made sense.
In the South , a pound of coffee could net you up to $ 1,000 in today dollars. Confederate troops desperately used things like roasted corn, rye, okra seeds, sweet potatoes, acorns, and peanuts as substitutes. A substitute, chicory, is still popular in New Orleans.
Yet if you’ve ever had a “coffee” made from any of these, you know it’s just not the same.
When future President William McKinley was 19, he served in the Civil War, carrying vats of hot coffee so frontline soldiers could grab a cup and a soldier. This story was told several times during his presidential campaign and proved what everyone in the war thought about coffee.
There’s even a William McKinley coffee break monument in Maryland.
Back then, troops had to roast and grind their own beans. To make coffee easier to brew, the military introduced the first instant coffee. Called “Gasoline of coffee ”, it was essentially a reduction of coffee with sugar and milk added at the plant. All the troops had to do was open a can and add hot water.
Unfortunately, crooked entrepreneurs often sold spoiled milk to the government, so the Essence not only tasted terrible, it also caused a lot of bowel problems. The government quickly got back to the real stuff.
The cafe even earned its nickname through the military. Secretary of the United States Navy to President Woodrow Wilson Josephus Daniels banned alcohol on US Navy ships early in World War I.
The coffee filled the void left by the rum and wine coming out. The sailors were not happy with the change and called the replacement a ‘Cup of Joseph’, which quickly became a Cup o ‘Joe.
Coffee even helped win World War II. US troops have created one of the world’s most popular coffee drinks, Caffé Americans, by sweetening their shots of Italian espresso, too strong for their palate.
The Korean War saw the brewing of coffee just as much as any other conflict.
In Vietnam, GIs made coffee in the field using C-4 explosives as a source of heat, as they did with their entire ration kitchen c.
You may have noticed Red Cross women serving coffee at the front throughout the 20th century.
Today, coffee is one of the most popular things that civilians send to American troops deployed in war zones.
If you’re the first in your unit in the morning and you haven’t made coffee, everyone hates you. No one wants to walk up to Green beans.
September 29 is National Coffee Day (as if coffee only deserves a day of recognition).