Most Americans get their day started with a cup of coffee, but image having no cup of joe to give you that early morning jolt.

That was the case when the U.S. began rationing coffee in the midst of World War II. The U.S. of Office of Price Administration limited each adult to one pound of coffee every five weeks. Those in need of a constant caffeine fix resorted to reusing old coffee grounds or buying ration stamps from their non-coffee drinking friends.

Coffee rationing didn’t last long. By July 1943 coffee was removed from the rations lists, and Americans were able to satisfy their habit for the java buzz.

Did you know?

  • Lloyd’s of London, the largest insurance market in the world, began as a coffee house. Edward Lloyd opened his coffee house in 1688 an catered to sailors, merchants, and ship owners.
  • According to the International Coffee Council, Finland has the highest per capita coffee consumption. The Finns consume 11.98 kilograms of coffee per person each year. Norway is second with an annual per capita consumption of 9 kilograms, followed by Denmark (7.9 kg) and Switzerland (7.68 kg). The U.S. per capita consumption is 4.13 kg.
  • As of Dec. 27, 2009, Starbucks had 16,706 locations around the world.
  • The average American adult drinks 26.7 gallons of coffee each year
  • Melitta Bentz invented the coffee filter in 1908.
  • A Yale University study asked 200 people to identify 80 common aromas. Coffee topped the list, followed by: 2. Peanut butter,
3. Vicks VapoRub,
4. Chocolate,
5. Wintergreen oil,
6. Baby powder,
7. Cigarette butts,
8. Mothballs,
9. Dry cat food,
10. Beer,
11. Ivory bar soap,
12. Juicy Fruit gum,
13. Orange,
14. Cinnamon,
15. Lemon,
16. Tuna,
17. Banana,
18. Crayons,
19. Cheese, and
20. Bleach
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