When you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this year, skip the sappy speech about the importance of family and express thanks for what’s really important—coffee. If you get a disapproving glare or an under-the-table kick from your father-in-law, simply rattle off these 10 interesting coffee facts and reasons for celebrating copious coffee consumption.
There are proven long-term health benefits.
Research has made it apparent that coffee is a veritable super-beverage. Along with a positive effect on liver function, coffee also reduces the likelihood of type 2 diabetes as well as Alzheimer’s and cancer. Drinking a daily dose of coffee may also extend your lifespan. A 20-year survey found that respondents who frequently drank coffee had almost a 30 percent lower risk of death.
It’s the perfect holiday beverage.
Three words: pumpkin spiced latte. How could hipsters survive without this popular holiday treat? PSL isn’t the only holiday-inspired beverage, however. There are plenty of Christmas-themed coffees like Torani’s Peppermint Twist that are ideal for winter festivities.
You can drink it hot or cold.
With a bevy of different brewing techniques at your disposal, you can change the temperature of your coffee to be compatible with the changing seasons. Sip on iced coffee in the summer and hot coffee in the winter!
It gives you energy when you need it most.
Whether you need a jumpstart to your day or a pick-me-up during the afternoon, coffee is a reliable source of fuel. Coffee sustains over 60 percent of the workforce and ensures college students function on a basic level.
It inspired the world’s greatest cake & ice cream flavor.
If coffee wasn’t mainstream, we’d be wallowing in a world with only vanilla and chocolate desserts as options. Luckily, coffee cake and coffee ice cream are around to provide variety and break up the monotony.
Coffee makes us happier—it’s scientifically proven!
Coffee is brimming with essential antioxidants that raise our spirits. According to a recent study, regular coffee drinkers are 10 percent less likely to be depressed than their java-less counterparts. Harvard found that drinking two to four cups of coffee per day lowered suicide risk by roughly half.
It’ll fuel your workout.
Consume coffee before lifting weights each morning and you’ll get an extra boost when the caffeine hits your bloodstream. Caffeine increases performance by stimulating the central nervous system and the heart. For the best results, drink a cup roughly an hour before going to the gym.
It sparked the invention of the webcam.
The first webcam was invented in 1991 by researchers at Cambridge who wanted to be able to view a live feed of their coffee pot and see if it was full without getting out of their seats. We can’t decide if we’re impressed more by their innovative thinking or by their laziness.
Coffee is downright patriotic—it’s America’s beverage of choice.
After the Boston Tea Party, drinking tea became taboo within American social circles, as it was seen as a British beverage. Founding father John Adams renounced tea altogether and began drinking a cup of coffee every afternoon instead. This led to the widespread adoption of coffee by the American people. Over one hundred years later, President Theodore Roosevelt inspired Maxwell House’s “good to the last drop” slogan and consistently drank a gallon of coffee every day.
Modern financial institutions were born in coffee shops!
Believe it or not, the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange were both originally located inside coffee houses. From 1698-1778, London’s brokers would trade securities over a cup of joe at Jonathan’s Coffee-House. New Yorkers would trade in the Tontine Coffee House until 1817, when operations moved to Wall Street.
By now you should be convinced—without coffee the world would be a much darker and less productive place. If you’re particularly thankful for coffee this holiday season, comment below with any fun facts about coffee you may know or tell us your favorite seasonal K-Cup® roast!