Coffee has been a major part of our world history for over 1000 years, and as its popularity has expanded across the globe, its rituals have been embraced in different cultures. For generations, many countries have enjoyed unique varieties of coffee, but until the invention of the espresso machine, the full flavors of the coffee bean were widely undiscovered.
Cuisine in the battlefield has come a long way over the years. Early on soldiers had meager provisions. Their rations usually consisted of nothing more than beef, peas and rice. Oddly enough, troops serving under General Washington received an assortment of spirits – rum, whiskey and mead in their rations. It wasn’t until the Temperance movement gained momentum in the early 1800s that alcohol was eliminated from soldiers' provisions
As a substitution for the spirits, coffee and sugar were added to their rations. In 1832 President Andrew Jackson signed a law mandating that coffee and sugar become a component of any soldier’s ration. It must have stuck, because as the rations have evolved over the centuries, one thing has remained the same: coffee.