By K.S. Booream & A. Lee
“Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.” -Thomas Jefferson
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Coffee was first introduced to Europeans in England by a Turkey merchant in 1652. (Crawford, 1852) As the 17th century progressed European and American travelers brought coffee beans home, quickly popularizing its consumption within the elite. (National Coffee Association, 2016) Coffee houses became centers of social activity in major cities throughout England, Austria, France, Germany, North America and Holland. Popularity and influx in trade allowed for the price of coffee to decrease enough that “penny universities” sprang up, allowing the purchase of a cup of coffee for the price of a penny. (National Coffee Association, 2016) Despite coffees popularity tea maintained its position as the favored drink. In 1773 the Boston Tea Party created a shift that forever changed the relationship between coffee and the United States. Drinking tea became unpatriotic and it is said that major parts of the American revolution were planned inside of coffeehouses.
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While the British have “tea time” us Americans have “coffee breaks” and our reliance on the caffeinated has yet to see a dip and a large portion of Americans rely on coffee as an integral part of their day.
Coffee is one of the most valuable legally traded commodities in the world. (Avey, 2013) It is an integral part of American mornings with 31% of coffee drinkers enjoying the beverage before any other morning activity with 65% of coffee consumption taking place during breakfast hours. (Daily, 2011) While walking through Manhattan on the way to work, it is easy to understand why New Yorkers drink seven times the amount of any other city in the U.S. Americans currently consume 400 million cups of coffee every day making the United States the leading consumer of coffee worldwide. (Daily, 2011) It is expected that every kitchen has a coffee maker, with the innovation of affordable single serve espresso machines consumers are able to make themselves fancy drinks usually reserved for coffee houses in their homes.
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Coffee is such an important part of days that many people have multiple appliances that facilitate coffee making such as coffee press’s, standard coffee makers, espresso machines, and milk frothers. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have one machine that did it all and didn’t take over our kitchen counters?
Into the future it seems inevitable that customizable single-serve machines will be the norm, these machines will allow for personalized cups of coffee for everyone in the whole family to enjoy. This will require new technology to streamline the process and further modernize the technology already in development. The internet, and a wide use of smartphones are also likely to link more with the coffee world – the possibility that consumers can download a mobile app that saves or recommends coffee brewing settings to communicate with a coffee machine seems inevitable. Just one click away from starting your morning right, without having to stay in a long line to have your cup of Joe at Starbucks – seems like an integration of tech into our daily lives is going to influence the way how we start our day!
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