Potato Coffee Recipe from 1815


Potato Coffee 1815

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“Coffee is now considered one of the necessaries of life. The price is nearly double to what it was in the year 1811 [owing to the War of 1812], and continues to rise. Many articles have been tried as substitutes but, not answering the purpose, have been relinquished.
The potato is found to resemble coffee in taste, smell, and color more than any other substitute that has been tried. Few persons can distinguish one from the other. It is one of our cheapest and most plentiful vegetables. We are not dependent for it on foreign commerce. It sits light on the stomach, is nourishing and easy of digestion, and does not irritate the nerves of weak persons or cause watchfulness.
Wash raw potatoes clean; cut them into small square pieces of about the size of a hazel nut. Put them into a broad dish or pan; set them in a temperate stove, or in an oven after the bread is taken out; stir them frequently, to prevent them from sticking together. When perfectly dry, put them in a dry bag or box.
When used, they must be roasted the same as coffee, and ground in a mill.”


1815 Old Farmer's Almanac

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