Coffee was the fuel that got the 1932 Brazil Olympic team to the Xth Olympiad in Los Angeles. Brazil's athletes did not have much success in the Olympic competitions, but the story of their unique journey to the 1932 Olympic Games will always have a place in both Olympic lore and coffee history.
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?
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.
During World War II, the U.S. government found it necessary to restrict civilian coffee consumption to about half its normal level. Despite record coffee production in Brazil and elsewhere, the war disrupted coffee shipping. The government imposed rationing to make coffee available to all citizens on an equal basis, while giving priority to the needs of the military. Americans did their patriotic duty but were relieved when rationing ended in mid-1943.