There's one phrase that comes out of my mouth at least 7 times a week - "I need coffee!". It's become a staple of the work day, one of the most important parts of my morning. Today, 40% of 18-24 year old drink coffee daily (up from 31% in 2010). But is this a healthy habit? Can we become too dependent on caffeine? Is it more of a social workplace norm than anything else?
To date, no amount of research definitively supports coffee as a healthy beverage or one that is detrimental to consumers. Some studies have found that it can reduce the risk for diabetes and help aid in weight loss by increasing your metabolism. Other studies focus on coffee's ability to raise blood pressure and cause sleeplessness. Overall, moderation seems to be the key word to live by in the coffee realm. The benefits of one or two cups a day outweigh the risks in the majority of circumstances. Phew! because I just don't think I could live without my Starbucks :)
Speaking of Starbucks - what's your favorite coffee chain? This brings me back to my curiosity about coffee becoming more of a "social-professional norm" than a morning pick-me-up necessity. Check out this awesome map of coffee chains by popularity in the US:
I grew up in the Boston area and can attest to how accurate this is. I had 7 Dunkin Donuts in my small home town alone. Within a 3 mile range there were generally 3 Dunkies locations no matter where you were in Massachusetts. And where was Starbucks you might ask? No where in sight! Boston runs on Dunkin' :)
Besides New England, the general population would most likely side with Starbucks. When I moved to Virginia I was quickly converted. Why do New Englanders love their Dunkin and Southeners love their Starbucks? The nerd in me loves this question!
Even if you don't have a coffee chain preference, you can probably recognize an adorable mug when you see one! My Anthropology "J" monogram mug is by far my favorite!
I love bright, fun patterns! Everyone needs a reason to smile in the morning. Check out these fun ones from World Market:
Hope you start your Monday morning with your favorite cup of coffee and have an amazing work week!