Punch, 20 (1851), 253.
Chicory and Chicanery
Adulteration, Medical Practitioners, Public Health
Reports on Thomas Wakley's investigations revealing that coffee consists of such substances as 'chicory, corn, and potatoes'. Extracts from Coffee and its Adulterations reveal the alarming amount of chicory and corn in various types of coffee. Suggests that this information will allow people to see through labels in grocers' shop windows. Discusses the possible consequences of the fact that tradesmen have defended their use of chicory in coffee by arguing that the public are so accustomed to it that they would be indignant if it were removed.
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