I will not go into details, or reasons (political, economic, logistic or otherwise), but in my country, coffee has been scarce and expensive in the last couple of years.
I've been suspecting that some coffee producers have been cutting it (mixing it) with cheaper things. The unmistakable aroma of coffee is now mixed with some bitter tones sometimes, fishy tones some other times. The flavor is not quite coffee also. It's been so long since I've smelled the unmistakable aroma of real, honest to God coffee. I'm almost 100% convinced that they are mixing it with roasted black beans or something.
My questions is, what other grains, nuts or whatever do coffee produces usually mix ground coffee with in order to make it cheaper?
How can I check whether or not the ground coffee has been mixed up?