Coffee is quite a substance. We know that a majority of adults consume coffee regularly and that the majority of this population prefers specialty coffee (in recent years). Coffee is said to be the second largest commodity in the world, second only to oil!
What would happen if we had an interruption in our supply of expected coffee?
During WWII there was an interruption of coffee in the U.S. Rationing began on Nov 29, 1942 (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/coffee-rationing-begins)
During the war, Germany had “ersatz coffee”, or “fake” coffee and many in Europe had “faux” coffee.
Erzatz Coffee and Sophie Scholl, a German Resister of The War.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0426578/ (more details on her life and mission: http://spartacus-educational.com/GERschollS.htm)
We can see in the movie of this (you can see at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXtC08tWxqA) at 51:30 the scene starts with Sophie Scholl’s interrogation, and then at 1:02:02 coffee starts pouring (from the interrogator of Sophie, a cup of coffee) and at 1:02:30 we see in the subscripts, Sophie says: “This is real coffee?!”
Back to today – 2016 and beyond – great quality coffee is a “given”, for most people. I remember a few decades and more ago that coffee was rising in price and people were “re-using their grounds” (I remember the very bad taste…)
Now, in the past couple of decades we have enjoyed overwhelming popularity of specialty quality coffee. Hopefully we’ll never have shortages of coffee in the future. For now, appreciate Memorial Day, appreciate what we have today, and appreciate excellent quality coffee!