Originally Posted by JoAnn L.
I don't know if anyone remembers Postum, but I have been drinking it for years. Now all of a sudden no stores in town are selling it.
Postum is not coffee. It's a coffee substitute, made from wheat, bran, molasses and corn syrup solids. I understand it was quite popular during World War II, when transportation of coffee beans was a bit difficult.
There are two types of coffee beans: Robusto and Arabica. The aribica beans are the good, expensive ones, which companies like Starbucks, Gevalia, and Peets roast to make their coffees, and charge you $10 to $14 a pound for. The robusto beans are much cheaper and they're used by Folgers, Maxwell House, Chase & Sanborn, Yuban, and Chock Full O' Nuts to make their coffees, and charge you 3 or 4 bucks a pound for.