Giving up Coffee for the Troops

Today in History, November 29: 1942 –

Rationing of Coffee begins in the United States. There wasn’t a shortage…South American coffee growers were experiencing banner years. However with shipping problems (U-boats, etc) and so many American servicemen overseas, the government enacted rationing of basic goods…gasoline, rubber goods, etc to ensure that the troops had what they needed.

And the nectar of the Gods, the elixir of life, coffee. Imagine how thankful those soldiers and sailors were to be able to have a cup of coffee in their distant battlefields.