History of Coffee

Coffee is the most popular drink in the United States. Americans consume approximately 400 million cups of coffee across the United States per day. This fact makes us the #1 consumers of coffee over any other country in world. It comes as no surprise that Americans are obsessed, but regardless of its popularity, most people are unaware of coffee’s rich history. While enjoying your cup of coffee, have you ever wondered about what you are drinking?

Here are some interesting facts on how coffee came to be:

A popular legend claims that coffee was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder, Kaldi. He claimed to notice that after his goats ate beans from a specific bush, they became jittery and full of energy. After observing his goats, Kaldi also tried the beans and had the same reaction as his goats.
Coffee did not become popular in the United States until after the Boston Tea Party in 1773.
Coffee consumption began to boom in the United States during the Civil War and continued to grow. By the 1800’s coffee was a worldwide phenomenon, even President Teddy Roosevelt was known for drinking a gallon of coffee a day.
By the 1960s, specialty coffee began to evolve which inspired the opening of the first Starbucks in Seattle in 1971 changing the coffee industry.
Today, coffee is a $30 billion industry in America. There are coffee shops around every corner and 83% of Americans brew coffee at their homes or workplace. So cheers, lift your coffee cup up and drink to the evolution of America’s favorite drink!

Blog by Jessica Roseberry

Resources

http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-coffee/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/americas-coffee-obsession_n_987885.html

http://www.gourmetcoffeelovers.com/the-history-of-coffee/

http://www.cnbc.com/the-coffee-addiction/