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Coffee tax (impost on coffee)

In the 18th century, many sovereign decrees in Germany prohibited the consumption of coffee altogether. Even the possession of coffee mills was sometimes declared a criminal offense. – In other areas, coffee was subject to extraordinarily high taxes and other restrictions. Coffee could not serve as a pledge for a loan, – only a very high minimum quantity of coffee could be sold with a simultaneous ban on the buyer – usually an innkeeper – reselling smaller quantities from his stock, or – only raw coffee beans were permitted for trade, no roasted or ground coffee. Contemporary ordinances abound with other measures regulating the market in coffee. This was because coffee was widely considered to be a harmful drug. – To this day, many countries impose burdens on the market trade in coffee. Germany, for example, levies a coffee tax under the Coffee Tax Act, which has been amended several times. The tax rate is currently 2.19 euros per kilogram for roasted coffee and 4.78 euros per kilogram for soluble coffee. The revenue from this tax amounted to around 1 billion euros in 2013. – In February 2013, a petition (petition: a written document that many people sign to express that they want the government to do or change something) to abolish the coffee tax was finally rejected by the responsible committee of the German Bundestag.

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