Profile America: Getting In The Coffee Habit



Saturday, April 2 — Sometimes, tastes seem to go in great cycles. For example, in 19th century America, local coffeehouses, which roasted their own beans, ruled. Then, in 1900, Hills Brothers started packing roasted, ground coffee in vacuum tins. In the next several years, instant and decaffeinated coffees were developed. In a move to return to fresh-roasted whole bean coffee, the first Starbucks opened in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market this week in 1971. Borrowing from Italian practice, the chain added espresso, latte and mocha. Public acceptance ramped up in these past 45 years, and now the firm has more than 22,000 stores in some 65 countries, with over 10,000 in the U.S. That’s something over half of the 19,500 coffee shops across America.


Source: Census Bureau 

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