U.S. At War: Lumps With the Coffee

Coffee rationing was a painful topic in Washington. In doling out sugar and gasoline, the War Production Board and Office of Price Administration had done fairly neat jobs. Now, on their third try, they had fallen flat on their faces.

Because of shipping shortages, coffee rationing has been in the cards for months. But WPB tried to forestall the inevitable by cutting purchases at the source: roastings were curtailed to 75% of last year's, then 65%. Any housewife could have foretold the result: No Coffee signs in grocery windows, long queues in front of...

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