The origin of coffee? I never really thought about it. When I was a kid, coffee was always around. My parents drank coffee, my grandparents drank coffee, all the adults I knew drank coffee. I assumed I would drink it too when I was older, and of course, I did. But there must have been a time before coffee. There was, of course, until, according to legend, Kaldi and his goats came along.
The History of Coffee
These articles explore the history of coffee over the past thousand years or so. Is it at all surprising that such a rich drink has a rich history too?
How much coffee do you drink? Could you get by with half as much? That’s what American civilians had to do during eight months of U.S. coffee rationing in World War II. Despite record coffee production in Brazil and other Latin American countries, wartime shipping disruptions led to a dwindling U.S. coffee supply. As a result, the Office of Price Administration found it necessary to ration coffee for civilians beginning November 29, 1942. Rationing made coffee available to all citizens on an equal basis, while giving priority to the needs of the military.