Acorns were a great staple food for Native Americans in the past, the have great medicinal properties and are packed with protein and fiber, on this Ible I will show you how to make Acorn Coffee, I made it at home in a modern way but it can be perfectly made in the bush, primitively, enjoy and as always leave feedback.
PS: I was saving up Acorns to make flour for cookies but didn't have as many (only a handful) so that's why I decided to make some coffee.
Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
For your ingredients and tools it´s really simple, I use modern tools but you can do it as our ancestors did it in the past.
- Acorns (Who wants Acorn Coffee without these)
- Water (It´s a beverage right?)
- Kettle or boiling water mechanism.
- Hammer, could be substituted by rocks.
- Coffee grinder, also rocks are a substitute.
- Filtering system, I used a flannel coffee filter.
- Frying pan or any method to roast.
Step 2: Gathering and Making Acorn Meal
When picking your acorns go for big and healthy ones, go for the brown ones, green ones are no good, any cracked ones or acorns with holes discard them. Crack your acorns and de-meat them, go from a bright yellow to a pale brown, acorns with black spots discard them.
To make your meal just pulse the meat in your grinder until a fine flour forms, sieve and re pulse if necessary.
Step 3: Roasting
I didn't really take enough pictures of this process because it happened so quickly specially with the small amount of acorn meal I had.
To roast use a your pan and use medium to high heat, stirring constantly with a metal spoon to avoid any moisture from wooden implements to transfer, acorns will start turning a dark yellow to brown and when starting to go to a dark brown turn of the heat to continue roasting on the hot pan, stir rapidly to avoid burning, a great smell will come of your creation.
Step 4: Brewing and Final Product
To brew, grab some boiling water and your filtering system, you can make coffee bags with filters also, add 1 1/2 spoons of coffee per cup of water for a great taste, add sweetener if needed, mine was just an experiment because of the little acorns I had and tasted great, but hopefully I will find more soon and publish more photos. Thanks for reading up to here.
Enjoy your cup of Acorn Coffee!
PS: If I gather enough I could make some flour for cookies!