A very caffeinated nation
- Coffee was brought to the New World by the British in the mid-17th century and coffee houses became popular.
- But it was not until the Boston Tea Party in 1773 that America’s coffee culture changed decisively.
- The uprising against King George III. led to a mass change from tea to coffee.
- After Arabia initially had the monopoly on coffee, the Dutch managed to gain possession of coffee seedlings, thus paving coffee in colonies worldwide.
- During the Civil War (1861-1865), coffee was part of the daily rations for soldiers to raise the morale of men. The coffee was cooked over open fire in kettles. After the war, morning coffee was kept as a habit.
- In 1864, the brothers John and Charles Arbuckle began selling roasted coffee to cowboys in the west and became rich.
- James Folger, who sold coffee to gold miners in California, was also very successful.
- Well-known coffee brands such as Maxwell House and Hills Brothers followed.
- At the beginning of the 20th century, America consumed half of its cultivated coffee worldwide.
- Due to the need to make coffee easily and quickly in World War I field, instant coffee has been developed.
- Instant coffee was popular until the opening of the first Starbucks in Seattle in 1971.
- Meanwhile, the US has not only arrived in the Third Wave movement, but are on the way to the New Wave. More here.
- Today, 83 % of American adults drink coffee, averaging 3 cups of coffee a day, half of them out of the house and 59 % specialty coffees.
- If you’re in New York, make sure to check my Coffee Guide.
- Here you find also a list of the best coffee roasters in every state.
American Coffee Preparation
- 2 espressos in a black filter coffee.
- Add in a glass with ice cubes hot, strong and sweetened coffee.
- Add to taste milk and sugar.
- Add 10 ice cubes with 240 ml milk, 3 tsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 tsp chocolate sauce and 60 ml espresso in a blender to a creamy Frappuccino.
- Then fill in a large glass and garnish with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and straw before serving.
- Extended espresso, similar to regular filter coffee
- Either the beans are enriched after roasting with various, often artificial flavors* like vanilla*, hazelnut*, amaretto, chocolate, pumpkin*, cherry or cinnamon* and brewed as a normal filter coffee.
- Alternatively, add a flavored syrup* to the coffee before serving.
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