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.
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