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(In-Stock) Natural Buffalo Trace Whiskey Barrel with 1950s Coffee Inlay Wood Ring - Size 9.25/5.5mm Wide

The Story

 

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Whiskey Barrel Wood

There is something about sitting down for a drink with friends. Whether it's whiskey or coffee, the atmosphere is one of relaxation and good times. We know people are passionate about their whiskey and bourbon, as well as their espresso, so we've crafted a ring that brings both together.

This ring is made with natural Buffalo Trace whiskey barrel wood!

    Coffee - Yes, that's right! Coffee...in a ring!

    This design was originally conceived for a friend of mine who owns a coffee shop. I used beans from his store in the ring I created for him, but the coffee used in future rings is a bit more unique. I was able to obtain an unopened Hills Bros coffee can from 1952. The coffee inside was still fresh (they really knew how to make stuff back then) and has a great vintage story.

    Coffee Rationing

    Though we can enjoy coffee in an endless stream today, this has not always been the case. Coffee rationing in WWII began in 1942 - families could only get one pound every five weeks - and the rationing didn't end until 1946. There were a few reasons for this. Firstly, the GI's needed coffee in the field. Secondly, German U-boats were sinking boats with coffee shipments from Brazil making coffee hard to get.

    Rationed coffee was packaged in glass containers, which were not only reusable, but also saved precious tin resources for the troops. That this coffee could be purchased in a can was a sign that the war had ended.

    For me, the idea of an unopened can of coffee sitting in the back of someone's pantry for so many years is a reminder of the frugality of that great generation which was permanently impressed upon them during the war.