How Coffee Changed America [infographic]
If you live in the U.S., chances are the first thing you do in the morning is brew yourself a cup of coffee, or stop by your local coffee shop for your daily caffeine intake.
Believe it or not, the irresistible scent and taste of coffee is an integral part of life for 80% of Americans, whose love affair with the drink has made it the nation’s most popular drink after water, and the 2nd most traded commodity in the world after petroleum.
On average, whether it’s to warm you up on a chilly day or to get you through long workday brought on by sleep deprivation, you’ll spend approximately $164.71 on coffee every year. For devoted drinkers, that total can easily double.
So we can thank Boston’s Dorothy Jones for being the first American coffee trader in 1670, James Mason for creating the coffee percolator in 1865, and coffeehouses for being the birthplace of strategic meeting places, leading to key moments in the history of the United States of America.