Why coffee should be a part of your preps
Editor’s note: Please welcome Liz Thornton to Planandprepared.com!
I’m stockpiling coffee in case of a looming SHTF scenario. It’s something I’m taking very seriously and treating as a high priority. If coffee is part of your daily life, here’s why you shouldn’t take it for granted either.
Let me take a few steps back and introduce myself. My name is Liz Thornton and I am just an average American mom whose highest priority in life is the safety and well-being of my family. I’m generally a very happy and optimistic person, but I’m also very aware of the harsh realities of the world. The more I learn about the world, the more I discover that the relative peace and safety that many of us enjoy in our daily lives could be completely upended from one day to the next. In the past couple of years, my Husband and I have immersed ourselves in the preparedness community, and preparing ourselves for various worst-case scenarios.
One of my hobbies in my free time (which I have increasingly less and less of), is writing about coffee. I fell in love with both making and drinking the stuff as a teenager, and I have worked in many coffee industry jobs throughout my life. I’m not ashamed to admit it, coffee really is something that I couldn’t live without. I know that statement might be controversial, as it may not technically qualify as a core survival necessity to stay alive in the short-term.
I made this quick guide to summarize some of the reasons why would be so important in a survival situation. There are countless scientific studies that show that everyone from stay-at-home moms to endurance athletes at the highest levels, experience great performance benefits from moderate amounts of caffeine. Sadly caffeine has gotten a bad wrap in the past. Yes, there is a real potential for misuse and adverse effects. However, when used properly there are real physiological benefits from coffee. These benefits will be especially magnified in times of extreme hardship, when sleep is in short supply, when stress levels are at their peak, and when we need an on-demand burst of energy in a critical life or death situation.
The commodity value of coffee cannot be overlooked. I was stunned when I learned that it was almost impossible to grow the coffee bean in the continental 48 states! This means that what we take for granted now as a very abundant and low-cost commodity, might become very scarce in the United States in the case of an economic collapse or major world conflict. Due to the laws of supply and demand, even the simplest instant coffee packs could carry incredible barter value. Considering the fact that this is a commodity that many are overlooking, storing an adequate supply for yourself could put you and your family in a very advantageous position.
For me personally, the greatest benefit would be the boost to morale. Times may soon become very difficult, in a way that you and I could not even imagine. I think it will be nice to take some time out to enjoy the small comforts that we used to take for granted.
What are some of the things that are important to you in your day-to-day life? These are things that you might be overlooking when formulating your own preparedness plan. I strongly encourage everyone to do an honest inventory of themselves based on this question. Don’t worry if it might sound petty and trivial to others. What’s important to you is what it is going to take to make it through. Coffee is just one of those things on my ‘must have’ list, and I’m not afraid to admit it.
I would like to thank James for working so hard at creating and maintaining this resource at Plan and Prepared. I am very honored for this opportunity to be able to share this information here. My hope is that his reach continues to grow to more and more readers. His unique perspective that he offers from his life in law enforcement is so incredibly valuable to the preparedness community.
Editor’s note: The shelf life of freeze-dried coffee (like this one) is decades when left unopened, and several years once opened. Trust me, what you don’t use as a morale boost could be a valuable trade good.
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