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How Coffee Changed America [INFOGRAPHIC]

Coffee is the 2nd most commonly traded commodity in the world and plays an important role in the history and traditions of the United States. Back in the middle 1700s, tea and coffee were both equally popular beverages in taverns, however, the early colonists soon discovered the wealth of coffee beans that could be imported from nearby South and Central America. The founding fathers planned their national strategies in coffeehouses where drinking coffee became a sign of independence over imported tea from England leading to formation of The Boston Tea Party of 1773. Even the New York Stock Exchange and Bank of New York got started in coffeehouses in an area now known as Wall Street.

Today coffee is consumed by 80% of Americans over the age of 18 who average drinking over three cups per day. The “coffee break” has become a popular American pastime and social event at work.

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