Profile America : Getting In The Coffee Habit

Coffee_You Can Sleep When Youre DeadSunday, 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 of fresh-roasted coffee amped up in these past 46 years, and now the firm has more than 25,000 stores in some 70 countries, with about 11,500 in the U.S. That’s well over half of the 19,500 coffee shops across America.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey here.

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