Coffee in America
If it hadn’t been for the Boston Tea Party, America’s favorite beverage might not have been the traditional Cup O’ Joe.
In 1773, Americans revolted against King George's Tea Tax and dumped enough tea in Boston harbor that had a few thousand gallons of milk and a ton or 2 of suger been poured in as well…you get the idea. To add insult to injury, the Continental Congress declared coffee the official national beverage of the USA. American’s have never once looked back.
The United States is the largest consumer of coffee in the world. It imports 16 to 20 million bags every year, some 2 1/2 million pounds, which is 1/3rd of all coffee exported.
Over 1/2 of the population in the United States drinks coffee, and the average coffee drinker consumes nearly 3 1/2 cups of coffee every day. That comes out to over 450,000,000 cups of coffee.