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Coffee Rationing

July 23, 2013

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Profile America — Wednesday, July 23rd. The home front during World War II had to cope with some irritating limitations and scarcities, notably gas rationing and a lack of new cars and tires. But what for many was a real wartime crisis was coffee rationing. Imposed in 1942 because of hoarding and supply concerns, it proved very unpopular. Late this month in 1943, President Roosevelt ended the program because imports had rebounded. Coffee is believed to have been introduced into America by Captain John Smith of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Consumption jumped after both the Boston Tea Party and the beginning of Prohibition. Now, Americans drink an average of about 23 gallons of coffee each year in all its varieties and preparations, some portion of that from the nation's more than 19,000 coffee shops. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.

Sources:
http://cecomhistorian.armylive.dodlive.mil/2010/11/29/coffee-rationing-begins-nov-29-1942/

http://www.coffeecrossroads.com/coffee-history/u-s-coffee-rationing-in-world-war-ii

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americas-coffee-cup-is-half-full-2013-02-20

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_00A1&prodType=table NAICS 7222135


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