Consuming over 400 million cups of coffee per day on average, America appears on top as the global leader for coffee consumption (e-importz.com). The 18 billion dollar industry thrives on the 54% of U.S. citizens over the age of 18 who admit to drinking coffee every day (statisticbrain.com). Known as a nation who lives and breathes to work, caffeine has become not only a necessity to survive the daily trials and tribulations of tedious office work, but an American icon. With Starbucks shops cropping up left and right and a Pumpkin Spice Latte craze sweeping the country, coffee houses have transformed into a cool activity to do with friends, an excellent meeting spot for professionals, and a perfect location to buckle down for the day and crank out homework.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld perfectly describes coffee’s role in the American lifestyle when he said, “we want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup” (Arata). For my American experience, I colorfully crafted a cup of coffee while preparing for a morning trail run. Sipping it slowing to reap all the benefits of a tedious month long barista training, I combined the typical American caffeine boost with fresh air and a healthy dose of Vitamin D.
Hiking, running, biking and other outdoor physical activities are extremely American as well. In the spring of 2014, nearly 65,500,000 Americans considered themselves joggers or runners. That same year, running shoe sales in the U.S. reached a height it had not seen in over ten years, generating more than $3 billion in revenue (statista.com). Every year, Americans seek to better themselves, be it through New Year’s Resolutions to work for a promotion, demonstrating gratefulness at Thanksgiving, showing generosity at Christmas, or investing in their health. We are continually researching different ways to improve our bodies through various macro- and micro- nutrients as well as fitness regimens. Spending time in nature follows the American virtue to be healthy too, helping us get down to our roots!
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4.) Arata, Emily. “25 Quotes About Coffee from History’s Most Caffeinated Thinkers.” First We Feast. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Aug. 2016. <http://firstwefeast.com/drink/2014/05/25-coffee-quotes-from-historys-most-caffeinated-thinkers>.