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Can You Make Coffee Without Beans?

When the SHTF, you may just have to brew with what you’ve got. Here’s how.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I want to talk about something most of us begin our day with—coffee. Have you ever thought about what survival might look like if you didn’t have that cup o’ Joe in the morning? In a survival situation, you might not have any choice. Once you run out of coffee, unless you know someone who still has some left and you have something to trade for it, you’re going to be out of luck. It’s never too soon to learn the basics of coffee substitutes.

Coffee substitutes are nothing new. Even the Mayans brewed a coffee-like beverage using ramón seeds. Today, there are plenty of fancy coffee substitute beverages on the market made of alternative ingredients like cocoa beans, mushrooms, barley, and chicory. In Poland, a coffee substitute that is similar to our instant coffee yet made of instant grains is popular. But for most of us, it’s unlikely you’re going to bug-out in Poland.

If you’re in Hawaii, you can grow your own coffee beans. If you’re in the mainland US, you’re going to have to come up with a substitute once the existing coffee supply runs out. After TEOTWAWKI, there will be no websites or Whole Foods to buy those exotic substitutes, either. You’ll have to brew your coffee substitute yourself, using ingredients that are naturally occurring in your environment.

A group of scientists studied the pistachio to see if they might be a healthier alternative to traditional coffee, and the results of that study were promising. This was largely in part to the pistachio’s powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Some people choose to drink coffee made of roasted grains for health reasons, as these beverages do not contain caffeine. After a catastrophic event or social collapse, you’ll need to be in peak condition if you want to survive. The health properties of these drinks are worth considering. You can drink as much of these coffee substitutes as you’d like without the jitteriness you’ll experience if you drink a pot of coffee.

The following coffee substitutes might not taste exactly like the coffee you’re used to, but it’s better than no coffee at all. Some people actually prefer the taste of coffee substitutes. You’ll never know if you like it or not until you give it a try. Continue reading to learn how to make coffee out of two ingredients that are commonly found in the United States: acorns and dandelions.


How to Make Acorn Coffee

Wherever you find oak trees, you’ll find acorns. Wherever you find acorns, you will find people who are using them as food. Keep in mind, however, that not all varieties of acorns are safe for human consumption. Before you eat an acorn, you’ll need to know that it’s edible for human consumption. It’s best to do your research now and familiarize yourself with the types of acorns you’ll find in your area.


  • A few handfuls of acorns
  • Knife
  • Grinder or mortar and pestle
  • Purified water
  • Baking sheet
  • Grill



The first thing you’ll need to do is boil the acorns for approximately 20 minutes, then let them cool down. Once they’ve cooled, peel the shell away, and next peel the skin. Split the acorns in half and then lay them in the sun to dry for a day. Once the moisture has been removed and they’re completely dry, you’ll need to grind them. Once they are very finely ground, put the grounds on a baking sheet and make sure they’re spread out evenly. To roast them, place the baking sheet under your brill. Be sure to keep an eye on the grounds as they’re roasting, because they’ll burn easily.

To make the grounds into coffee, brew three tablespoons of the roasted grounds in a cup of boiling water. You can filter the grounds out using a wire mesh screen or, if you’re lucky enough to have any, coffee filters. As you can see, there’s really no difference between this process and making any other kind of coffee.


How to Make Dandelion Coffee

Dandelion root coffee is said to taste similar to coffee made with traditional coffee beans. This coffee substitute is a natural diuretic, and one major benefit it offers is a strengthened immune system. Staying healthy is a literal matter of life or death in a survival situation, so that’s a huge plus.

Harvesting dandelion roots is a lot more work than picking acorns up from under an oak tree, that’s for sure, but once you’ve tasted this coffee substitute you may agree it’s worth the effort. The trick is to harvest your dandelions in the early spring, before they flower. Once they do, the roots will become bitter.



  • 15 dandelions with the roots still attached
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Purified water



Cut the roots from the dandelions, and then cut off all smaller parts of the roots until only the bulkier root stalk remains. Spread the root stalk pieces out across a baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven. If you don’t have access to an oven, you can roast these under your grill as well. You’ll want to roast them for 30 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they brown but don’t burn.

With dandelion root coffee, you can skip the grinder. This brews more like a tea. Simply steep the pieces in a cup of boiling water until it’s as strong as you like it.

Check back next week for Part Three of my three-part series, when I’m going to take a closer look at ways to safely store your coffee and how you can brew coffee in the wild.

Why You Need to Stockpile Coffee

After the apocalypse, there will be no Starbucks.


Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I want to talk to you about coffee. I like my coffee the way I like my women: able to survive the apocalypse, lol. All jokes aside, your survival is no laughing matter. There are many reasons coffee should be up near the top of your supply list. If you haven’t already stockpiled coffee, you will once you’ve read this article.

Did you know coffee can help you live through TEOTWAWKI? The United States military gives soldiers coffee to keep them awake. Troops have to stay alert, and this often means being ready to fight at a moment’s notice with very little sleep. This will also describe you after the collapse of civilization. If you want to remain awake and alert in tough conditions, coffee is the way to do it.

Our country’s love affair with coffee goes back to the American Revolutionary War, when we collectively decided to hate tea. With the Civil War came a new invention—instant coffee. As long as we’ve been drinking coffee, we’ve been dreaming of new ways to serve it. After a catastrophic event that takes the power grid down, we’ll have to go back to the basics.

One problem with coffee is you can’t grow your own if you live on the mainland United States. The only state you can grow coffee in is Hawaii as it’s the only one that has the climate the beans need to thrive. If you want to have your morning cup of Joe no matter what kind of morning you’re waking up to, even one in a barren wasteland, you’ll need to stockpile as much of it as you can. Just make sure you use proper storage techniques so it doesn’t go bad.


The Benefits of Coffee

Want to learn more about the benefits of coffee for survival? Read this list and get the information you’re looking for.


  • Coffee forces you to sit and take a break. This is an excellent time to plan and strategize before you find yourself in a situation where you have to act on pure instinct.


  • Sharing a cup of coffee is a great way to get a new relationship off on the right foot. When you are in a survival situation, your chances are better if you’re part of a group.


  • Coffee is likely to be more valuable than many other staples in a bartering situation. With no banks, money will be worthless, so you’ll need something to trade. Coffee is something everyone will want.


  • Offering a hot cup of coffee is also a good idea if you encounter someone unexpectedly. It shows that you are not a threat and you’re willing to work cooperatively.


  • In a survival situation, a hot cup of coffee can feel like a luxury. On a cold day you’ll be glad to have it, and on a freezing day it’ll help you keep warm to stay alive.


  • According to the Journal of Pain Medicine, drinking coffee can cut your post-workout pain by as much as 48%. Think of how sore you’ll be after hiking for days and building your own shelter at night. How good would that cup of coffee be afterward?


  • Coffee has proven health benefits. Your health is your survival, because if you don’t stay healthy you’ll be doomed. Numerous studies have shown coffee to protect the liver from cirrhosis, to lower the risk of type II diabetes, and to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.


  • When you need to move fast, you can’t afford to be slowed down by poor digestion. A single cup of coffee will give you as much as 1.8 of the 20 to 38 daily grams of fiber your digestive system needs for optimal functioning.


  • You’ll need to distill the water if you want the best coffee flavor, and the distillation process can remove harmful contaminants. Boiling the water can also remove contaminants. Even if you don’t



By now you’re probably ready to order a ton of coffee beans and instant coffee by the case! There are numerous wholesalers online that will allow you to do just that, including,, and, to name just a few. You can find bulk instant coffee at Costco and other warehouse retail outlets.

This article is Part One of a three-part series. Check in again next week to read my follow-up article about ways you can make coffee without any beans. Believe it or not, it’s possible, and I’m going to tell you how. In Part Three of the series, I’ll go more into-depth about how to store your coffee and how to brew the perfect cup in the wild.


Learn more about your long-term coffee storage options.


You won’t believe how many ways survivalists can use coffee filters.

The Survivalist Mindset: Do You Have It?

Survival isn’t always about the gear you carry…

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and this week I’d like to talk to you about what it takes to be mentally prepared to survive a disaster. We’ve all heard stories of people who went into the wild with a lot of planning and equipment and then perished. We’ve also heard unbelievable stories about people who found themselves in life-threatening circumstances with no preparation and made it out alive. What’s the difference between those who make it and those who do not?

Your most powerful and reliable survival tool isn’t something you can buy: It’s your mind. Even when you have no gear, no supplies, and it seems like you have no chance, as long as you are mentally tough you have what it takes to get through it. Often, to get others through it with you as well. Conversely, even with the most high-tech, sophisticated gear and weapons, if you’re mentally weak and you can’t handle pressure, you may very well be doomed.


Traits a True Survivalist Must Have

Here at CATS2010, I have shared an ongoing series of riveting survival stories that have captivated my attention. Despite harrowing odds, these individuals survived because they shared the following traits.


  • The ability to embrace learning – A true survivalist reads, researches, practices, seeks out mentors, and looks for new ways to do everything. If you’re never satisfied the first time because you know you can do it better, this describes you.


  • A positive mental attitude – A true survivalist knows a defeatist attitude is the first step in…well, defeat. You are going to make it because your mind is sharp and you know how to stay focused, without letting ego, fear, stress, and emotions get in the way.


  • A commitment to self-care – How are you going to survive if you aren’t strong enough to endure? The simple answer is, you aren’t. A true survivalist stays in shape by running, lifting, hiking, climbing, swimming, and doing whatever they can to keep strong and active.


  • A community they are a part of – Your chances of survival are greatly increased if you don’t go it alone. When the SHTF, you’ll want a trained team behind you, each of whom brings a skill to the table. A true survivalist knows how to build, nurture, and maintain these alliances.


  • The motivation to push through the worst of it – A true survivalist will persevere after others have thrown in the towel. Your mental toughness and refusal to give up will not only keep you alive—it will help the people around you to survive.


  • Natural leadership ability – A born survivalist is a born leader. You know how to cut through the BS and get straight to the heart of the matter so you can do what needs to be done. People look to you for guidance because they know you can be counted on.


  • The ability to be adaptable – Throughout the history of the planet, organisms that could not adapt and evolve have died out. This will include you if you can’t identify what is worth keeping and what you need to let go of if you want to stay alive.


If you see these traits in yourself, you’re off to a great start and likely to survive the worst. If not, it’s not too late to develop these traits now, but someday soon it may be. Time to get started!


How to Develop the Survival Mindset

One of the best ways to develop the strong, positive survival mindset you’ll need is to practice endurance techniques. Push your body and your mind beyond anything you’ve previously expected of yourself. Workout harder. Run farther. See how long you can tolerate immersion in cold water. Use visualization and meditation to focus and picture yourself overcoming obstacles. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something you always said you would not.

One exercise you may find helpful is to picture various disaster scenarios and imagine how you would react. What would you do if there was a terrorist attack wherever you are right now, using whatever is at your immediate disposal? Would you be able to defend yourself? Would you be able to help others? Do you know where the escape routes are? Do you know which rooms can be locked? Once you consider the possibilities, it becomes obvious there is a lot to mentally prepare for.

On top of the possibility of terror attacks, Americans today face social unrest, EMP strikes, natural disasters like flash floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, and more. Once you have trained your mind to think and react like a survivor, you will have a significant advantage over those who weren’t prepared.



The late Colonel Jeff Cooper discusses mental conditioning for combat.



You can cultivate a survival mindset.



Survival Fishing Challenge: Could You Win?

No Rod? No Problem! You Can Fish in the Wild Without ANY Equipment.

Hello everyone! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again to ask you an interesting question I’ve been pondering myself all week: Could you survive the Survival Fishing Challenge? This challenge requires you to spend three days fending for yourself in the wild near a body of water. You will be responsible for purifying your own drinking water and fishing for your own food. Could you show up at a local ocean, lake, or river without food and water and survive? With these basic skills, you’ll have a fighting chance.

This article is part one of a two-part series. Next week I’ll be discussing how to clean and cook a fish using items from your bug-out bag.

How to Catch Fish

You don’t need a rod and reel to catch a fish, though it doesn’t hurt to have them. Even the most devoted and experienced fisherman can find himself without his gear through no fault of his own at TEOTWAWKI. If you want to stay healthy, you need to have fish in your diet. It’s loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids your body and brain need to function at an optimal level, which is critical in a survival situation. The protein and vitamin D in fish will help you stay strong. These unusual fishing techniques will result in a steady supply of fresh seafood for you and your family.


Around the world, myriad cultures fish with nets. The benefits make it an obvious choice. You can fit nets in a pack, and there are compact and telescoping models that allow them to take up a lot less space than a rod and reel. It’s easy to see why nets are such a popular choice for but-out bags. The only drawback to fishing with a net is the fact that you have to get it wet first. This is a tricky prospect when you’re surviving in a snowy environment.

Trot Lines

Why throw out a bunch of lines when you can attach many hooks to a single line? This is an incredible method to use if you want to be able to have baited hooks at a variety of depths. These work by tying one end of the line to the shore while throwing the weighted end into the water. It really is that easy, and on top of that it allows you to catch more fish at once.

Hand-Line It

If you love the experience of fishing with a rod and reel but just don’t have one around, hand-line fishing is for you. This method of fishing is self-explanatory. Instead of using a rod and reel, you use a heavy object and tie your line to that, then add a baited hook and use your hand as the reel. The trick is to control the line with your hand so you are in command of the tension.

Branch Poles

As long as there are branches near the shore, you can make a fishing rod, although granted you won’t have a reel available. To use this method simply cut a branch, attach a line with a baited hook, and then drive it into the mud or sand along the shoreline. Interestingly enough, you can cook fish using this method as well, as is pictured in the photo above. I’ll get more into depth about that next week.

Your Bare Hands

Yes, you read that correctly: you can catch a fish with your bare hands. In fact, people worldwide do just that every day. Here it’s called “noodling.” It’ll take some practice to master this method, and you’ll need nature on your side as well. After all, in order to catch a fish, you have to be faster than the fish. That’s something that you might have to be born with, though of course you can work to hone your instincts.


Catch Your Own Bait

No matter how much of your favorite store-bought bait you’ve got on-hand, eventually you’re going to run out. That is why you must know how to find your own bait in the wild. Next time you’re camping or hiking, look under the rotting logs and rocks around you and take note of how much bait you’ll find. The bugs, worms, and grubs under there will attract fish to your hooks.

Don’t forget to check back next week for part two of this series. After all, it’s one thing to catch the fish, but it’s another to know how to prepare it so it’s also great to eat. Once you’ve tried fish this way a few times, you’ll develop a real taste for it!


You’ve got to see this guy catch an 84-pound catfish with his bare hands!


Would you take the Survival Fishing Challenge?



Hi-Tech Barriers for Survival

How far would you go to stay safe?

Money breeds paranoia, and it very well should. With a population of 325.89 million and a GNI per capita of $60,200, the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and the consequences of not being protected by a security barrier are making headlines. People who have less want what we have, and they are willing to sacrifice their lives and those of their children for a shot at getting it. You can create a safer situation for everyone if you put basic security barrier systems in place.


Even in today’s semi-stable society, the 2% are living under lock and key behind security gates and surrounded by guards. The wealthy are already targets for crime because other people want what they have. Think of how much worse this scenario will become when you are the only person left for miles with anything at all, and you can see why billionaires are investing so much in security systems for their bunkers. What would happen to you if you didn’t have a barrier in place? It’s frightening to consider the possibilities, which include murder, looting, kidnapping, and countless other horrors.


If you’re wondering how to combine technologies to create an effective barrier around your bunker, look no further than Israel’s example. When suicide bombers began crossing over from the West Bank, Israel took action, putting a smart fence in place that uses a mix of razor wire, sensors, radar, cameras, steel mesh, and even drones so sensitive and sophisticated they can detect footprints to keep the country’s citizens safe. In some portions of the barrier underground wireless sensors that are not visible are employed.


Today’s wealthy preppers have more hi-tech security barrier options available to them than ever before, including iris scans, voice and facial recognition, keyless smart locks, radars mounted on towers, and even outdoor security robots that can alert you when a potential threat is approaching. The tech startups Anduril Industries and Quanenergy are currently testing virtual walls and remote sensing methods that will take security to the next level.


Why You Should Go with a Steel Barrier

In a SHTF situation, ideally you will have generators that will give you the power to run your hi-tech security systems, but realistically we cannot predict precisely what will happen or what the effects could be. Technology is your logical first step, but for your back-up plan you need a good old-fashioned barrier, and your best bet is a steel wall.


Steel is both durable and secure, and anyone who wants to penetrate this kind of barrier quietly will quickly learn that it’s impossible. You can’t move steel easily, you can’t knock it down, and it’s very difficult to cut. You’ll want to make sure your steel barrier has top and bottom rails that contain interior lock rails that will keep them securely in place. Taking this step means even an oncoming vehicle would find it difficult to knock the barrier over. Another benefit of steel is it is difficult to climb because it often has spikes at the top, and you can place the rails so they are far enough apart that you can’t step from one to the other. You’ll spot anyone attempting to do so long before they’ll get to you.


All About Security Gates

Don’t forget: the most vulnerable point of any barrier is the point of entry. There are currently a wide variety of hi-tech security gates available, and the technology is rapidly improving. Today you can get a gate that does much more than simply act as a port. There are gates with high-resolution digital cameras, video and audio recorders, telephone entry boxes, vehicle and facial recognition technology, and so much more. Most systems give you the ability to manage the whole system digitally, though of course that will most likely no longer be an option after the collapse of society.


One new technology is virtual guards, who may be more loyal and reliable than human guards because they cannot be bribed and they won’t turn on you. A virtual guard can grant or deny access using video and audio identification, use radio-frequency identification to identify vehicles that are and are not permitted to pass, and some even have visitor search software installed. If there are enough people in your compound to warrant it, you can even rely upon a centralized database that will keep track of them all as they come and go.


With a sophisticated barrier like a steel wall with a hi-tech security system and gates in place, which once passed leads to a barrier of armed personnel, no one will ever be able to get anywhere near you or your loved ones.


This documentary about billionaires’ hi-tech security systems is a must-see!


Learn more about extreme home security


5 Best Survival Video Games

Video games that can help preppers develop the skills they’ll need for TEOTWAWKI.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the merits of taking a survival dry run with survivalism video games.

Survival is no game, but thanks to new and improving video game technology survivalists now have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in the virtual world. Although video gaming is no substitute for hands-on training, these games are an incredible way for preppers to consider how they might handle a wide variety of different survival situations.

The survival genre has become increasingly popular in the gaming world, and most companies have released at least one survival title. One of the best things about survival games is you can choose your apocalypse. Whether you’re more concerned about surviving in the wild, in a post-nuclear wasteland, or in a battle royale-style free-for-all, these games will give you the chance to do just that.

Most of these games have features that allow you to keep track of exactly how long you will be able to go without food, without water, and without sleep. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we had a way of tracking this in real life?


Top Survival Games of 2019

These are some of the bestselling survival games people are playing right now. Do you think any of these would help you survive the collapse of society?



This game isn’t new, but it’s remained a popular choice with preppers over the years. In Rust, players wake up in the wilderness naked, alone, and without any supplies. After that, you’ll have a number of different choices you can make that will either increase or lessen your chances of survival, just as you would if the SHTF in real life. These include going it alone, working cooperatively with other players, gathering weapons, and even avoiding booby traps. In Rust you’ll have the ability to build increasingly sophisticated tools, to hunt for your own food, and to build your own shelter. It’s easy to see why so many survivalists are turning to this game to practice their skills!


Day Z

What does the Z in Day Z stand for? Zombies, of course. There are plenty of zombie apocalypse video game titles, but this one is different because it focuses on survivalism basics. This game is interesting because the zombies will hardly be the only foe you’ll need to defeat. One of the biggest threats you’ll encounter in Day Z is other players. While the walking undead is not a danger you’re likely to ever encounter in a post-apocalyptic scenario, encountering other humans are just as dangerous is something you’d likely experience on a daily basis, unless you’ve managed to find wilderness remote enough that you won’t have to deal with it. We should all be so lucky.


ARK: Survival Evolved

Playing this game involves a certain level of suspension of disbelief, because there is virtually no survival scenario outside of a Jurassic Park movie that will involve dinosaurs. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun to pretend you can just hop of a pterodactyl and fly away if you need to. In ARK: Survival Evolved, you will be part of a tribe that is ready to push their way into the Stone Age by creating tools, building villages, and more. You’ll have to defeat enemies and learn new skills if you want to stay alive, just as you’d have to in real life. Minus the T-Rex.



SCUM is a game you’ll want to try if you’re concerned about what our society will look like in the future if we experience a total breakdown of humanity. This is a more realistic possibility than many people are aware of. In SCUM, you’ll have a front row seat at the taping of a reality television show in which death row inmates are given a shot at survival for ratings. This game takes survival seriously, to the extent that it even measures your heart rate. It’s kill or be killed in SCUM, and taking other people out so you can get their gear is something you won’t be able to avoid if you want to make it out alive.



You’ll have to make a lot of tough decisions when you’re trying to keep a group of people alive in a world that has frozen over, and that is the whole point of Frostpunk. This game goes beyond mere survival. You’ll have to consider the needs of a society and not just yourself as an individual, and that includes making moral choices. Would you save someone’s life if they’d prefer to die? Could you keep the people you need to find supplies to stay warm, fed, and dry happy so they don’t revolt? Give Frostpunk a try and you’ll soon find out.


Are video games useful to survivalists? Read the poll results here!


These are the Top 10 survival games of 2018 and 2019