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I remember a product that we used to call "instant possum" that was sold along with coffee at a supermarket. It was like an instant coffee sold in a glass jar. Actual name was Instant Postum. I never had any but it was on the market for a long time.

Then there was roasted chicory that was sold along with the coffee. I never had any of that either. My understanding is that it was developed during a coffee shortage.

Are there any other kinds of coffee alternatives that were on the market for a long time? Are they any good?

Topic two: How much ground coffee do you use to make a cup of coffee? Some of the recommendations I see use way more ground coffee than I would ever use. 3 or 4 times as much. I use 2 scoops that are about a tablespoon capacity each in my one liter (4 cup). They recommend 7.
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For your last question , on average I fill the paper filter one half full of coffee grounds for 8 cups, plus or minus.
If I do 12 cups, for guests, I fill it to a point ,I have learned will not over flow the edges getting grounds into the coffee; when done that wet filter is full very close to the top.
It is a Mr.Coffee basic 12 cup drip coffee maker.

I grew up with Postum, it was out of production for a few years, and I got into the Ebay buying from gents who were smart enough to buy cases when it was publicized production was starting.
Back then I got six jars for , if I remember correctly, 6 bucks each for 8 oz. jars. People were paying twice that by the time the supply was near gone.
Kraft is the one who dropped it but now Eliza's Quest Foods in Charlotte,SC has resumed production, BUT, (I have an old and new jar) while both say 8oz., the new jar is 3/4s as big as the old one and now costs a lot more .
Postum now comes in coffee and cocoa flavors and I think the original also came in coffee flavor.

Ingredients:
Original--
Wheat Bran
Wheat
Molasses
Maltodextrin (from corn)-- basically a powdered corn syrup with far, far less sugar.

New--
Wheat
Wheat Bran
Molasses
Wheat Starch

They taste alike to the point you would have to do the coffee test sip and spit to know a difference.
I forget what I paid a few years back for my new supply but the cheapest I find online is 14 bucks a jar (I wonder what they cost in SC?)

As I said I grew up with it and like it but when it was gone I tried Cafix, which was hyped as a fix for Postum addicts, ;
Pero, I have tried also is similar to Cafix -- it/they, were OK but compared to what Postum used to cost in stores 2.79 for last jar I bought in store, still expensive.

Cafix---- Barley, malted barley, chicory, rye
Pero---- Roasted Barley, Rye, Chicory, Sugar Beets.



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Never did take to postum..just didn't care for it.. It is charred grain from what I am told.

When I lived in Texas on the Gulf coast, there was a popular brand of coffee.. called SEAPORT...

I believe it was roasted in Louisiana. There was "regular" and "dark".. and I was told the dark contained some chickory.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SeaportCoffee/posts/

I don't know if the chickorya thing rue or not. I know I probably require some corrections..so shoot, Texans.

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Postum sold well in Utah to Mormons who were not supposed to drink coffee, ever grocery and quick stop stocked Postum. I don't know why it was called "instant Postum" since I don't believe there was ever any other kind.

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Never did take to postum..just didn't care for it.. It is charred grain from what I am told.
When I lived in Texas on the Gulf coast, there was a popular brand of coffee.. called SEAPORT...
I believe it was roasted in Louisiana. There was "regular" and "dark".. and I was told the dark contained some chickory.
I looked it up, may buy some when my coffee supply gets low, but it has no chicory but Seaport also make TexJoy,what they call a blend .
It is all coffee but the roasters must use two different types of Arabica beans or mix two roasting levels.
https://www.seaportcoffee.com/texas-coffee

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Civil war soldiers used white oak acorns to brew coffee .

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There are no alternatives to coffee!!! There are just other things that can be drank.
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There are no alternatives to coffee!!! There are just other things that can be drank.
You beat me to it. There is nothing that comes close to substituting for coffee.
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I get tired of coffee some times, especially now, so, tea or Postum, or Cocoa can fill the spot.
Lemonade on occasion.

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You have forgot Ovaltine that was around for a long time people would say he or she is an ovaltinee drinker
My replacement for coffee is English breakfast hot tea.
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