Profile America: Coffee Rationing

Coffee rationing

Ration Books | The National WWII Museum

Saturday, July 28th. The home front during World War II had to cope with some irritating impositions, notably gas rationing and a lack of new cars and tires. But what for many was a real crisis, was coffee rationing.

Decreed in 1942 because of hoarding and supply concerns, it proved very unpopular. President Roosevelt ended the rationing on this date 75 years ago, because by 1943 coffee imports had rebounded.

Coffee Rationing | The National WWII Museum | Gift

Coffee consumption peaked in 1946 at over 46 gallons per capita annually. Now, Americans drink around 27 gallons of various coffee preparations per year. Some portion of that is from the nation’s more than19,000 coffee shops, which employ over 200,000 workers.

Profile America is in its 22nd year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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