Celebrate National Coffee Service Month With Coffee Trivia

Sept. 15, 2014

(CHICAGO)  September 15, 2014 – Did you know that our love for coffee in the U.S., originated with tea? The heavy taxes imposed on in the American colonies in 1773 resulted in the “Boston Tea Party,” and Americans began to drink coffee as an expression of freedom. In honor of National Coffee Service Month, NAMA is sharing coffee trivia to highlight its significance, evolution and impact on society.


  • The coffee plant originates from Ethiopia. Legends tell of an Ethiopian shepherd who noticed that sheep had more energy after eating wild coffee berries, so he tried some himself and stayed awake all night.

Consumption trends

  • It is estimated that more than 100 million Americans drink a total of 350 million cups of coffee a day.
  • The U.S. spends $40 billion a year on coffee.

Office coffee/Productivity

  • 40% of workers aged 18 to 34 say they can't concentrate as well without coffee.
  • 75% of Americans said they will only travel a quarter of a mile or less to buy a cup of coffee.


  • A regular 6oz cup of coffee contains about 150 milligrams of caffeine; most physicians call this a "therapeutic dose.”
  • Coffee drinkers were less likely to die from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes and infections.

The business of coffee

  • Among all of the major agricultural products of the world, coffee harvesting remains virtually untouched by mechanization.
  • Over 25 million people are employed in the coffee industry.


  • Bach wrote a coffee cantata in 1732.
  • The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.

Top Ten Occupations for Coffee Drinkers:

10. Scientists

9. Marketing and Public Relations Professionals

8. Teachers

7. Engineers

6. Food Preparers

5. Financial/ Insurance Sales Representatives

4. Architects and Designers

3. Hotel Workers

2. Physicians

1. Nurses

To get the inside scoop on coffee industry trends, products and innovations, join NAMA at CTW 2014, Nov. 11-13 at The Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Matching the energy of its host city, this year’s CTW will blend Texas flair and southern hospitality with a fresh new look and feel in one big, bold package. To register, visit www.coffeeteaandwater.org

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $42 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry.  With more than 1800 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


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