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Topic: Cowboy Coffee? > RE: +How important is a good grinder for non-espresso? (11 msgs / 259 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
The Legend:
When the Cowboy first appeared in the 1860's, his job was to bring herds of
half-wild Mexican cattle north to the ranges of the American West. His diet
consisted of beef, beans, sourdough biscuits, and strong black coffee. 
This coffee was rumored to float a pistol, heal an ailing steer, scare off a
pack of wolves and cure the effects of a short night. In keeping with that
tradition, today's cowboy can enjoy the same benefits of a hearty dark
roast. Some say, "It'll keep ya in the saddle when there is one more chore
to be done".
Here's one version titled
"Brewing Hints from Cookie's Chuckwagon"
Place a kettle of cold mountain water over your campfire. Throw ground
coffee in the pot and bring to a boil. Take it off the fire and crush the
shell from one egg and throw it in the pot. (Not only does this settle the
grounds, but you'll also get your daily calcium requirement). Now settle
back, partner and enjoy the sunrise; wait for the aroma to rustle up the
crew. We have to warn ya; it ain't halter broke.
Though in Tom's reference simply basically coarse grounds with off boil
water added:-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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2) From: Dan Bollinger
Mike,  Cute story.  How factual, though?  From what I've read, I've put together 
a few pieces of information that sketches what happened out West. Chances are, 
coffee cowboys drank was Brazilian. At the time, it was coming in to the New 
Orleans port and was much cheaper than other coffees.  From there it likely went 
up the Mississippi to St. Louis and further inland and along the Missouri. Of 
course it was all green. Large roasting operations had not caught on except, 
perhaps, in metropolises.  Cowboys, like the settlers, would have roasted their 
own in line shacks and along the trail.  Such coffee was likely not dark roasted 
as you say, but American Roast.  Dan
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3) From: Brett Mason
..........Why I didn't answer when I first saw the question go by...
Ask a question, get an answer, then question the answer.  That's what I like
best about the list.
Next time, give the answer, then ask the question.  Makes it easy for the
helpful people to reply with the correct answer...
Brett
On 9/20/06, Dan Bollinger  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

4) From: miKe mcKoffee
How factual? Don't have a clue! (And I don't even care!) Googled "Cowboy
Coffee" and found that write-up... (cut & paste rather than a link since
they sold a "Cowboy Coffee" roast.)
There were likely as many roasting and brewing variations as there were
chuckwagon cooks on the trails.
miKe
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Mike, your story reminds me of a bit from "Riders in the Sky Radio
Theater". The boys from Harmony Ranch are camping out on the range.
The cook, Sidemeat, asks Ranger Doug if Ranger Doug would like some
more coffee. Ranger Doug replies, "Yes, Sidemeat, twist me off another
piece."
Brian
On 9/20/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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6) From: Brett Mason
Why I said it....  because we as a group are so excrutiatingly focussed on
getting answers right that we question everything and every body.
So, when I saw the question about Cowboy Coffee, I scrapped my answer.
Plain old resisted.   because I figured three minutes after posting I would
get corrected anyway.
The official answer and then the questioning leads to many questions arise -
like these two:
  "How does the original Mexican Cowboy get the cattle up through New
Orleans?"  I would expect that herding the cattle through the middle of the
Gulf of Mexico would be far more dificult than say, the act of walking
north.
       or
  "Why doesn't the original cowboy's diet include Creole or Crawfish?"
Maybe he shunned New Orleans food while herding his cattle upriver.  What an
insensitive guy, this original cowboy.
Glad you asked....
  What's this red briny thing swimming in my coffee pot?
Brett
On 9/20/06, Leo Zick  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

7) From: miKe mcKoffee
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Brett Mason
	Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 1:17 PM
	Glad you asked....
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	  What's this red briny thing swimming in my coffee pot?
	Brett
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If that 'Nawlin's crawfish is still swimming boil the coffee some more:-)
miKe

8) From: Brett Mason
I better check the temperature...
Brett
On 9/20/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

9) From: miKe mcKoffee
Begad! Pirates of the seven seas pox the List in indignation at the addled
bandwidth foisted on the bilge Cowboy Coffee whilst scant electrons be fired
on fine Pirate's Coffee. Ye scurvy landlubbers beware, lest a fair doubloons
worth and more coffee greens be swag and destined for yon galleys!
Kona Konnaisseur (yesterday's) Dread Pirate Rackham aka miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

10) From: Leo Zick
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
but whats a cowboy and why was he sitting on his ass drinking coffee?  
From: Brett Mason [mailto:homeroast] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 4:17 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: Cowboy Coffee? > RE: +How important is a good grinder for
non-espresso?
Why I said it....  because we as a group are so excrutiatingly focussed on
getting answers right that we question everything and every body.
 
So, when I saw the question about Cowboy Coffee, I scrapped my answer.
Plain old resisted.   because I figured three minutes after posting I would
get corrected anyway.
 
The official answer and then the questioning leads to many questions arise -
like these two:
  "How does the original Mexican Cowboy get the cattle up through New
Orleans?"  I would expect that herding the cattle through the middle of the
Gulf of Mexico would be far more dificult than say, the act of walking
north. 
       or
  "Why doesn't the original cowboy's diet include Creole or Crawfish?"
Maybe he shunned New Orleans food while herding his cattle upriver.  What an
insensitive guy, this original cowboy.
 
Glad you asked....
 
  What's this red briny thing swimming in my coffee pot?
Brett
 
On 9/20/06, Leo Zick  wrote: 
id ask why you say that, but would have to say it was sarcasm that
brought it out. but i wonder, why did you say that? lol 
Quoting Brett Mason :
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Missouri.
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

11) From: miKe mcKoffee
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Leo Zick
	Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 3:52 PM
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	but whats a cowboy and why was he sitting on his ass drinking
coffee?
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No respectable cowboy would be caught dead sitting on an ass whether
drinking coffee or not! Unless of course some rustler stole his horse and
that was the only four legged varmint mode of transportation available 'cuz
no respectable cowboy will walk when he can ride even an ass.;-)
miKe


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