Union soldiers were issued 36 pounds of coffee annually, which boosted their morale and overall well-being. On the other hand, Confederate troops found it difficult to obtain coffee. In the fiscal year 2022, the US military consumed an estimated $94 million worth of coffee, which probably also helped to improve morale.


Jeff Schogol writing in Task and Purpose, makes the following points:
  • By blockading the Confederate South, the Union Navy prevented Brazilian coffee from reaching the rebel states.
  • Coffee (more like today’s Turkiye /Turkish coffee) was the most talked about subject in soldiers’ letters home.
  • In the Union Navy, steam vents were used to heat coffee.
  • Today’s US Army Combat Feeding Directorate also provides different rations that include caffeine for mental alertness.


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