How Coffee Came to America
Coffee Comes to America in the 18th Century
As I sit sipping my cup of coffee this morning I can’t help wondering from where in the world this magnificent beverage originated.
Coffee is grown all around the world, and as far back as historians can trace, the discovery of coffee was made centuries ago in the forests on the Ethiopian plateau. According to ancient stories, the goats of the Ethiopian highlands would eat the berries and become high-spirited, not wanting to sleep at night. So, of course humans, desiring that same lift decided to consume the berries themselves. This was the beginning of the coffee-drinking society.
In the fifteenth century, the Arabs began cultivating coffee and by the sixteenth century, Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey followed suit. As the popularity and desire for coffee developed over time, coffee became an acceptable drink by all. People consumed coffee in their homes and before long, people gathered in public places to socialize at coffee houses. Coffee was brought to Europe in the seventeenth century. And, by the eighteenth century, both coffee and tea were equally consumed. But then the Boston Tea Party of 1773 changed that, and drinking tea became unpatriotic. Giving up the consumption of tea, Americans then made coffee their beverage of choice and America then became one of the largest consumers of coffee.
Even in times of economic hardship, the consumption of coffee in America remains stable. “Consumers still see coffee as an integral part of their everyday lives,” said Robert Nelson, President and CEO of the National Coffee Association. “Even if economic conditions cause some to alter their coffee choices, they are nonetheless continuing to enjoy coffee at levels very much on par with recent years.”
Some Interesting Facts about Coffee in America:
- On average, Americans consume 450 million cups of coffee per day, which adds up to over 150 billion cups consumed in an entire year. The average American over the age of 18 drinks about three and a half cups of coffee each person per day.
- Seattle has the most coffee shops per capital in the United States (35 per 100,000). Following Seattle are the cities of Portland, San Jose, Denver and San Francisco.
- American conglomerates such as Nestle, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, and Sara Lee dominate world coffee markets, accounting for 60 percent of U.S. sales and 40 percent of the global coffee trade.
- The only U.S. state that grows coffee is Hawaii. Coffee is also grown in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
I found a wonderful website with lots of historical data about coffee. For more information about the history of coffee, how to store coffee, how to brew coffee, coffee recipes, types of coffee roasts, and more, visit the National Coffee Association USA: www.ncausa.org
I found this delectable coffee recipe called Café Mexicano at the National Coffee Association USA web site. You will find more delicious coffee recipes when you visit their web site, too. In the meantime, try this coffee recipe to start.
- 4 teaspoons chocolate syrup
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1-½ cups strong hot coffee
Put 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup into each of 4 coffee cups.
Combine the heavy cream, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar and whip until it forms soft peaks.
Stir remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon into the hot coffee. Divide the coffee evenly between the 4 cups and stir each to blend the coffee with the chocolate syrup.
Top each cup with the spiced whipped cream and serve immediately.
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Enjoy your cup of coffee!
If you are a coffee drinker, you are a significant part of the coffee consumption society, and the next time you sit down with your cup of Joe, Java, brew, or whatever you call your indulgence, relax and enjoy the thought that you are in the company of millions of other people in America.
During my coffee research I came across a video about how life is like a cup of coffee. I invite you to pour yourself a cup of coffee, then sit and relax while you watch this beautiful and inspirational video.