Things You Didn’t Know About Your Coffee

    If your morning simply doesn’t begin until you’ve had that first cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Americans everywhere love their joe, and research shows 37 percent of American workers can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. Nearly half of American workers consume at least three cups of coffee each day.

    In the office environment, the coffee break is something of a tradition, to be shared and enjoyed together by coworkers everywhere. Thus, in honor of the American worker’s favorite morning drink, five amazing coffee facts for you to share and discuss at your next coffee break.

    1. People everywhere enjoy a good cup of coffee. Americans love their coffee and research shows they spend about $40 billion each year on this delicious morning beverage. But the love of joe isn’t exclusive to the United States. Across the world, an estimated 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed every single day, so drink up, you’re in good company.

    2. A drink with a rich history. Coffee’s history far predates its use in modern America. Arab traders were recorded to have brought coffee beans back from Africa as far back as 1,000 A.D. Even then these traders understood the power of coffee’s morning kick. When the beans were brought back they were boiled for a drink called qahwa, which literally translates to: “that which prevents sleep.”

    3. A cup or more is good for a man’s health. In 2011 the Harvard School of Public Health released the findings of a comprehensive 22-year study regarding men’s health and coffee consumption. The study, which included nearly 48,000 men, found those who drank six cups of coffee a day, or more, were 60 percent less likely to die of prostate cancer.

    4. A commitment to excellence. That cup of coffee you’re holding is the product of lots of care and hard work. In fact, when you factor in the water needed to grow coffee beans and process them, it takes about 37 gallons of water to create just one single cup of coffee.

    5. It’s not just for people. Human beings may be the only species that enjoys coffee in its warm, blended, liquid form, but they are not the only ones who savior the taste of coffee. In fact, coffee cherries, the fruit where coffee beans come from, is actually a favorite treat of elephants.

    6. According to the Zagat National Coffee Trend Report:

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    • While the national average number of coffee drinks consumed is 2.1 per day, our results show that coffee consumption increases with age. People in their twenties consume the least number of coffee drinks per day (1.8), compared to those in their thirties (2.0), forties (2.2), fifties (2.4) and sixties (2.4).
    • When breaking the results out by gender, the survey shows that female coffee drinkers prefer lattes (22%) over a regular cup of coffee (19%), reach for raw sugar (14%) before Splenda (9%), and half-and-half (26%) before skim (19%). And second to making coffee at home or work, they most often buy from large national coffee chains (31%).
    • As for guys, they favor a regular cup of joe (30%), followed by espresso (14%). A majority (57%) prefer to not add sweetener, while 14% choose raw sugar. Nearly half of men say they like their coffee black (42%), but when they do add the white stuff, half-and-half is the top choice (20%). And when they aren’t brewing at home or work, men are more likely to purchase coffee from smaller chain or single location coffee houses (23%) vs. a large national chain (20%).

     

    Consider these facts and it’s easy to see coffee has a history every bit as rich as the drink itself. To further test your coffee knowledge and to find everything you need to support your corporate coffee culture, including pods, plates, napkins and cups, visit your local Staples store today or check out Staples.com. {BP}

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