Drinking delightful coffee makes me smile

I start every morning with a hot cup of coffee.

I did not drink coffee when young

Folgers is still the second best-selling coffee in America, ahead of Starbucks.

I started drinking coffee in the Army

MRE coffee was rough. At least it came with breath mints.

The average American coffee drinker

  • Coffee statistics show that among coffee drinkers the average consumption in the United States is 3.1 cups of coffee per day.
  • 50% of the population, equivalent to 150 million Americans, drink espresso, cappuccino, latte, or iced/cold coffees.
  • Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
  • The average price for brewed coffee is $2.38.
  • 30 million American adults drink specialty coffee beverages daily.
  • The average price for an espresso-based drink is $3.45.
  • 35% prefer black coffee, 65% prefer to add sugar and/or cream.
  • Seattle has the highest number of coffee shops per capita in the US.

Starbucks became a daily stop for me

Cup of Starbucks coffee and butter croissant
A cup of Starbucks coffee and butter croissant. Breakfast of Champions.

The calories started to add up

Coffee is actually a superfood

This book taught me that coffee is a super food.
This book taught me that coffee is a superfood.

The most important ingredient is the beans

  • Craft Coffee — they roast in New York and ship within a few days. I started a monthly subscription a few years ago. One bag a month. Great coffee at a decent price. I highly recommend them.
  • Atlas Coffee Club — they send beans from around the world. This is my second subscription which I started just a few months ago. So far, so good. Great coffee and the price is fair. Plan to continue.
  • Green Beans Coffee — great company. They provide free coffee to soldiers deployed overseas. You pay them and they serve it. Military members are able to send thank you notes which is a nice touch. Their coffee beans are nothing special, but I love this company for what they do.
  • Henry House of Coffee — west coast company. I like their coffee and buy it a few times a year. It is somewhat expensive. I plan to buy their Armenian coffee kit next year just to see what it is like.
  • Trade Coffee Company — they have an awesome tool for matching beans to your taste preferences. They offer a wide range of choices and usually provide a discount. I recommend them.
  • Bixby Coffee Company — tried them once based on a recommendation. Good coffee at a decent price. Nothing special here.
  • Beanbox — they have great coffee but tend to be expensive. I do not buy from them unless I have a coupon, or get free shipping.
  • Fire Department Company — founded by Firefighters who probably drink more coffee than anyone. Love the concept. Coffee is good but can be a bit pricey. They make some really strong coffee.
  • La Colombe Coffee Company — they offer several great Ethiopian blends and other wonderful light roasts. I buy a few bags from them each year.
  • Barrington Coffee — a good company with plenty of choices. Dr. Arnot recommended them so I purchased a few bags from them.
Experiment to discover the coffee beans that you enjoy.

You need the right coffee maker for delicious coffee

If you love coffee, spend the money to get a highly rated machine

This coffee maker rocks. It is expensive, but I recommend it.

Pour over and french press are also great options

Love my Chemex pour-over coffee maker.

I collect coffee mugs as mementos

Starbucks coffee mugs from my travels.

One way to learn about a culture is to drink their coffee

Do you want whipped cream with your apple pie? The answer is always yes on vacation.
Coffee and Apple Pie in Amsterdam. Both were excellent.

Not all coffee is created equal



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Doug Keating

Doug Keating

Leader and learner. husband and father. Novice blogger, www.lettertosons.com, Founder of All The Way Leadership! http://www.allthewayleadership.com/