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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Can you smell the roast? Mmmmmm.

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 11:06 AM
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  • I went searching for roasted peas and found that Cuba used peas in their coffee beans to ration the bean about 7 years ago. Don't know if it is still being done, but they claim it makes a more better drink.

    That surprised me. I expected a milder brew. They never said what type of pea was used but said it was definitely less caffeinated. Off to earn more.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 24, 2018, at 12:42 PM
  • Saw this headline and had to smile, "Havana Hard Time: Castro Peas In Cuban Coffee!"

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 24, 2018, at 12:43 PM
  • As expected, I am WAAAYY behind the experimental curve. Some alternative ingredients "used include almond, acorn, asparagus, malted barley, beechnut, beetroot, carrot, chicory root, corn, soybeans, cottonseed, dandelion root (see dandelion coffee), fig, roasted garbanzo beans, boiled-down molasses, okra seed, pea, persimmon seed, potato peel,[5] rye, sassafras pits, sweet potato, wheat bran". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_substitute

    Guess necessity IS the "mother of invention".

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 24, 2018, at 12:47 PM
  • I've tried dandelion and chicory, but potato peel? That may be better than composting!

    I seem to remember drinking Postum as a child but don't recall if I liked or didn't. Now there is another product called Pero. Both are roasted grain with a few other goodies and both tout caffeine free.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 24, 2018, at 12:53 PM
  • Postum was no good. About like Sanka. At least Sanka had 1% or so caffeine.

    Steve, I don't see you as a Republican. I would guess Independent, Conservative, and maybe a touch of libertarian. And I gotta wonder if you listen to that old Bellamy Brothers song "Old Hippie" from time to time?

    -- Posted by fair share on Tue, Apr 24, 2018, at 5:46 PM
  • Haven’t listen to it, but you can bet I will soon. Has a comfortable sound to it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 24, 2018, at 5:54 PM
  • I'm sure you've heard it but it's been forever since I have.

    I bought some ground Pinon Nut coffee but I haven't tried it yet...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Apr 25, 2018, at 5:15 AM
  • No, i have not heard of it espoontoon. Please let us know your opinion.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 25, 2018, at 6:07 AM
  • Like chicory, I think that "acorn" got its start in the South during the Civil War, because of the limited coffee supply.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Apr 25, 2018, at 8:03 AM
  • Tyger, have you ever tried something with acorn in it? I know the tannic acid must be removed but I found this on the internet: (the LEACHED part is very important)

    Acorn Coffee

    This may not seem right to diehard java drinkers since there’s no caffeine in an acorn, but you can roast a coffee substitute from acorns that is pleasant enough to drink. Place chunks of leached acorn on a cookie sheet and roast them in the oven at 400F for about 30 minutes. This roasting time will depend on the moisture in the nut pieces (more moist acorns need more time). Trust your eyes and nose when making acorn coffee, and stay right next to the oven. When the pieces are dark brown and give off a roasted (but not a burned) smell, they are done. Add one tablespoon of roasted acorn to one eight ounce cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes, reheat if necessary. Add your normal coffee additives, or drink it “black.”

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 25, 2018, at 9:00 AM
  • Hello Steve - from Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company! We wanted to share that not only do we sell shade ground coffee but are also actively involved in getting our partner/cooperatives onto the Smithsonian Bird Friendly registry. We are also involved in fruit and shade tree plantings in Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Guatemala and are starting a new project with a bird-friendly cooperative in Indonesia. We would love to send you a complimentary birding guide so please contact us! We look forward to you trying our 100% organic beans! www.deansbeans.com

    -- Posted by deansbeans on Wed, Apr 25, 2018, at 10:49 AM
  • We know someone in common and they recommended you Dean’s Beans. Thanks for finding the post.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 25, 2018, at 11:54 AM
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