Your guide needs to take a refresher course on jojoba beans. They contain no caffeine. He’s right about the cowboys making a brew with the beans, but it was a poor substitute for coffee. When they couldn’t afford real coffee beans, the punchers would pluck the beans from the jojoba plant, roast them in a skillet and grind them up in a coffee grinder. It tasted raunchy and would peel the hide off a gila monster but then again, cowboys weren’t too particular about what they guzzled.
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