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How Fancy Coffee Drinking Can Be Like Wine

Updated on November 12, 2011

Coffee Habits

We know that the United States population habitual drinking of coffee continues to rise. Whether you go to a drive through bar, sip on a luxury latte, chat at a cafe, purchase your roast in a can, or prepare your daily instant, people must wake up with coffee.

Many go so far as to order exotic blends, then grind and roast their own favorites. As part of the culture, we need coffee to communicate, creating a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

The aroma permeates the air in malls and grocery stores. You can't miss it and tempts you to take time for a moment away from your worries, perks you up for the day, or gives you a chance to sit, chat, or read a book. And, for people like my mom, it signals the end of a great meal with a pastry, cookie or sweet cracker for dessert.

Waking up with a cup of coffee
Waking up with a cup of coffee
Where do people drink the most coffee?
Where do people drink the most coffee? | Source

American Coffee Consumption Trends

Based upon the national trends of a decade ago we could say that coffee drinkers shell out $167.71 per year on coffee. I would surmise that number has more than doubled.

With 108,000,000 coffee consumers during the U.S. 1999 survey, we learn that consumers spent 9.2 billion dollars in the retail sector and 8.7 billion dollars in the foodservice sector every year (SCAA 1999 Market Report).

The National Coffee Association found in 2000 that 54% of the adult population of the United States drinks coffee daily (NCA Coffee Drinking Trends Survey, 2000). They also reported that 18.12% of the coffee drinkers in the United States drink gourmet coffee beverages daily (NCA). In addition to the 54% who drink coffee everyday, 25% of Americans drink coffee occasionally (NCA).

  • Wikipedia | List of countries by coffee consumption

Childhood Leukemia In French Population

PubMed Study | Maternal alcohol and coffee drinking, parental smoking and childhood leukaemia: a French population-based case-control study.

The conclusion correlates increased alcohol consumption with rate of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL); while smoking and coffee drinking did not have this relationship.

The French Love Their Fine Flavors

I don't know what the age limit for those adult population in the survey consisted of, but most likely the trend on age has probably dropped in to the teens, which would increase all the statistics. The data suggests that among coffee drinkers, if you love coffee you drink 3.1 cups per day. While per capita men drink 1.9 cups and women drink 1.4 cups on average.

In the list of countries, France ranks 19th, but consumption appears to be on the rise. Based upon a 2008 survey the population drank an average of 5.4 kg, while the United States, rank 27, average consumption was 4.2 kg. This surprising figure actually means that the French drink way more coffee than Americans.

Pros and Cons

Coffee drinking has pros and cons. We know that increased consumption of coffee, like tea, can be addictive and result in withdrawal symptoms. But recent research suggests that regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and liver cancer -- and regular coffee drinkers might even live longer.

Drinking up to six cups of coffee a day might not lead to early death but rather help the heart, especially for women, a new study has showed.

Coffee Drinkers Have Slightly Lower Death Rates Than People Who Do Not Drink Coffee

Regular coffee drinking (up to 6 cups per day) is not associated with increased deaths in either men or women. In fact, both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumption is associated with a somewhat smaller rate of death from heart disease.

Women consuming two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease during the follow-up period (which lasted from 1980 to 2004 and involved 84,214 women) as compared with non-consumers, and an 18 percent lower risk of death caused by something other than cancer or heart disease as compared with non-consumers during follow-up.

For men, this level of consumption was associated with neither a higher nor a lower risk of death during the follow-up period (which lasted from 1986 to 2004 and involved 41,736 men).

"Our results suggest that long-term, regular coffee consumption does not increase the risk of death and probably has several beneficial effects on health," said leading researcher Dr. Esther Lopez-Garcia, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.

The Annals of Internal Medicine indicate that

Coffee Drinkers Have Slightly Lower Death Rates Than People Who Do Not Drink Coffee. And drinking up to 6 cups per day is considered 'regular coffee drinking!' Both decaf and caffeinated drinks are correlated with less mortality from heart disease. In fact, women who drink 2-3 cups per day had a 25% lower risk of heart disease mortality in the follow up period of a huge study of 84,215 women in a 24 year time span ending in 2004. The results showed an 18% lower risk of fatality from other causes besides cancer and heart disease when compared with non-drinkers. The statistics did not show men had these benefits.

The Changing French Palate

A recent report detailing the sudden increase in fancy coffee shops, eateries, cafes and attention to the culture of coffee seems out of place. The derivation for the French word connoisseur comes from an obsolete French usage of the word conoistre to ‘know.’ We say that a connoisseur is one who judges taste with an expert palate. Someone can be a connoisseur of fine wines, fine music and now fine coffees.

In actuality, French coffee culture is a basic staple of life. Yet, the upsurge in opening specialty shops of fine roasted takes a new look at the preparation and processing of a simple cup.

Now everyone will become a gourmet of fine coffee tastes and add delightful descriptions to the flavors as they savor their daily cup. I'm not sure whether it will be a status symbol in the way one purchases a high priced year of fine wine, but this changes our view of the modest hot drink.

Day 24 of 30-Day Challenge

By now, the count down is near. At the same time that I look forward to the finish line, I'm already thinking of what comes next. What project will I be better prepared to tackle after this challenge ends? Thirty days, just one month, I hear people take on a 3-month challenge to stay motivated writing a book. Did you ever hear of the 555 word-a-day group? Sounds like fun, but not ready for to write a book, just yet.

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The daily pressure to write a blog has taken its toll. Really wearing down the energy, rather than boosting it up. I'm considering the possible reasons for this drain in energy? Could the drive for perfection and need to write original, authentic work push one too far? Can a person be satisfied writing less and still accomplishing the task? How did Dickens feel each day that he needed to make the deadline?

About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM founded Homeopathy World Community social network. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hi Derdriu ~ You must have your cup-a-joe in your hand as you speed read through this 'Coffee' series, which was part of my 30-Day Hubpages Challenge. Gee! I really needed coffee to get through that month, and writing a number of hubs on one topic helped me quite a bit. It did take hours to do the research, organize everything and put it down into capsules [normally I would have said on paper.] When I get a chance I will pop over and see what you have been up to lately. However, I've had bunches of deadlines going on and not doing as much Hubs. Bless you, Debby

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      6 years ago

      Debby, What a careful, intriguing, thoughtful summary of what it means to be one of the world's coffee drinkers! You always do such a great job of situating things within the wider cultural, environmental and historical context. It's interesting that people in France drink "way more" coffee than their counterparts in the United States of America.

      Thank you for the excellent investigative reporting, voted up + all,


    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Dear SJ ~ Expresso is that strong intense cup of coffee. Sip slowly. Check out my other hubpages on homeopathy. Perhaps you can find a permanent solution to migraines without side-effects and without coffee. The top of the morning to you! Love, Debby

    • sj_workman79 profile image


      7 years ago from New Hampshire

      I'm so addicted to coffee right now that reading your hub makes me want to go get a cup. I've suffered from headaches and migraines for years so having that instant caffeine in the morning helps me when I wake up with one. I remember going to a Dunkin Donuts in France and was curious as to why when I ordered coffee I received this dinky cup compared to what we get here. When I took a sip I realized why. Wow do they drink their coffee strong!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello JlBowden ~ Thanks for your input on this hub. However did you find it? I'm thinking that 4 cups per day goes over the conservative limit of 2 or 3 at maximum for health reasons. But, each person has their personal limit, depending upon height, weight, metabolism and sensitivity to ingredients. Kramer did appear a bit nervous and edgy. Did he walk around sipping a cup of coffee on the show? I appreciate your comments.

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      James Bowden 

      7 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello Debby:

      You have certainly given the coffee brand, justice in your article. I do not know too many people who do not like coffee and unfortunately I'm one of them who love Java. Also went out and purchased one of those fancy Keurig machines a few months ago. I think that I am spending more now on coffee than I ever have. But nothing like the the aroma and taste, particularly during the morning hours. And like you mentioned in your article, coffee is proving to prolonging the lives of many people in protecting them from heart disease, particularly women. I do not know anyone who should not be drinking at least four cups of coffee per day, except maybe for Kramer from the popular Seinfeld TV series. In my opionion-he has had too much Java in his life time! :) Great article-thanks for sharing.


    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      This is a hoot, I asked in a previous comment whether you drank coffee. By following the dots to all of your comments, your answer was found on the very last one of those I read today. You must have been up late reading all these hubs. Time for coffee!

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      7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      How great, I just love your idea of coffee being like win. I enjoy both coffee and tea, many of my family members are coffee drinkers though.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Richard ~ Glad you are enjoying your morning cup of java. I also love tea, as well as coffee.

      Hello MDLawyer ~ I appreciate your visits. You might be right about 'two types' of preferences. Although, I do like both.

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      7 years ago

      Debby, very good coverage. It is said that human beings are of two types, coffee drinkers and tea drinkers. I am basically a tea drinker, though I enjoy coffee also. Thanks for the share. VOTED UP and rated USEFUL.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Yes, my wife and I love to grind fresh coffee beans for several morning cups of the brew--tea just doesn't do it.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Twilight ~ Your niece and nephew make some good points. Caffeine can be highly addictive and you personal experience attests to that fact. Check out some of the homeopathic remedies on another of my hubs for addiction. Blessings, Debby

    • Twilight Lawns profile image

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thanks, Debby. My niece and nephew, both doctors, have been pressuring me for ages to give up caffeine, and it would be interesting to show them this.

      Mind you, I didn't have any coffee or energy drinks for thirty-six hours recently, and experienced caffeine withdrawal so bad that I thought I was “dying" but a shot of caffeine, and I was OK.

      My doctor nephew mentioned that when coffee drinkers are being prepared for surgery, and of course there is “nil by mouth”, they also exhibit caffeine withdrawal.

      What a junky!


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