America Runs On Coffee

America Runs On Coffee

Why American culture is seemingly a coffee culture.

If you’ve ever had to wake up early for an opening shift at work or stay up late finishing a project, usually some sort of liquid caffeine helps the process go a bit smoother. How many times has that been tea? Coffee? A soft drink or energy drink? More times than not it’ll be coffee. Granted, a cola or Mountain Dew from time to time help break the monotony of coffee, but the likelihood of tea getting to your hands is slim.

That choice of coffee over tea has a variety of factors, all of which are valid. I feel that decision could even trace its way back to the beginning of our nation. Britain enjoyed tea. We didn’t enjoy Britain. So we dumped it all in the Boston Harbor (not only in defiance of the nation itself, but everything can be traced to economics at some point). After that moment, the colonists felt they could make the comparison of coffee vs. tea is equal to American vs. England. Thus, our ‘coffee culture’ started.

In the modern day, coffee shops outnumber tea houses in the states to an unfair degree. The number of commonly known tea brands is always dwarfed by the number of commonly coffee brands. Even then, they are known more for the iced tea they produce. Iced tea is also American in that it’s a middle finger to how the drink was originally prepared; a rebellion in the tea world itself. But our ‘coffee culture’ is not like other cultures where coffee is the primary and preferred drink. American coffee culture is unique. It’s unique in that we have the cheapest coffee beans and the elite coffee beans in the same building, sometimes even next to each other. We have lower class, middle class, upper class, working, and unemployed alike drinking coffee next to each other. It is not a drink that only one group of people enjoy. Everyone can and typically does enjoy some form of coffee.

The reasons behind this are simple: it’s cheap and fast. A cup of coffee can cost no more than $1 but on the same hand can be more than $10. Ask for a cup of coffee and maybe a minute later it’s in your hand already being enjoyed. We are a people of efficient and economically sound practices and of almost instant gratification. Coffee gives us just that. The caffeine buzz is quick to enter and hard to leave. It can be had in a mere few ounce shot or a whole pot of brew. With different flavors and sugars and milks we have also made a seemingly countless variety of cups of coffee to be had.

Tea doesn’t have all that. Don’t feel extreme bias here, I enjoy both coffee and tea regularly but they have their time. Coffee is the for the on-the-go person who needs a quick drink that can keep them going. Tea slows everything down a notch. It has to be steeped in smaller quantities, which takes more time. It has lower caffeine, so more has to be had for the same effect of coffee. Sugary flavors can’t be added to mask the taste of tea so children and those who don’t even like coffee or tea tend to shy away from it. Tea is almost made to be sipped on, in a relaxed manner, with no sense of urgency on the mind.

Coffee is the counter-part of that, coinciding with a fast paced culture such as ours. And with that, fills a very large niche with the American people.

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If Your College Major Was A Cookie, Here's What You'd Be Snacking On

Sorry, I had to.

Cookies are probably one of the greatest foods to exist in this world. There are so many varieties and tastes that my mouth is salivating just thinking about it. There are just as many, if not more, majors to compare to cookies. Let me give it a try.

1. History - Sugar Cookie

History never changes, much like sugar cookies. (Also, they're both boring.)

2. English - Nutella Lava Cookie Cups

English majors tend to be creative. This cookie is that and more.

3. Biology - Giant Cookie

Things are always evolving, becoming bigger and better than they were before. This giant cookie mimics a regular one, except, well, it's giant.

4. Accounting - Green Tea Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

2 + 1 = deliciousness

5. Art - Double Decker, Dark Chocolate, Mini Doughnut Sugar Cookie

This is simply a work of art - pun intended.

6. Chemistry - Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hmm, maybe if I add just a bit of bacon, it will make this cookie 10x better.

7. Statistics - Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hmm, the statistics of this cookie being delicious is...100%.

8. Dance - Banana Split Cake Mix Cookies

It's all in the name.

9. Theater - Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

There are some insanely talented people in this major.

10. Sports Management - Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled with Caramel and Peanut Butter

There are so many different things going on with this major, I thought it appropriate to put a cookie that also has a lot of things going on with it.

11. Public Health - Trail Cookies

I guess these are healthy? Kinda?

12. Mass Communications - Peach Drop Cookies

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13. Nursing - Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Don't you love looking a blood? No? Then why are you a nursing major?

If your major wasn't on here, I'm sorry. There are too many for me to compare to cookies.

If you want to get all these awesome recipes for the cookies, check out this awesome blog!

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Is It Possible To Eat With A Truly Ethical, Guilt-Free Conscience?

Yes, you can have your almond milk and drink it too.

Recently, I made the decision to go vegetarian. I’ve been wanting to since forever and so I said: “Hey, what am I waiting for? Guy Fieri to go vegan?”

Many people start off as vegetarian and eventually edge their way into veganism. I don’t know that I’ll ever do the same. I also have my own motive for not eating meat that is more selfish than I like to admit. However, in the plight to save the animals, is not eating meat while still occasionally consuming dairy and egg products just as "bad" as eating meat?

Despite my foremost intentions, I’ve been wondering about this for the past couple of weeks, as I’m sure the occasional vegetarian does. Ethics concern the dimensions of right and wrong, not what is objectively right and wrong. But is it possible, in the objective sense, to be “good” with my eating choices?

I’m lactose-intolerant, but cereal is practically a food group for me, so naturally, I consume plant-based milk, most often almond milk. I used to think that this was great because 1) dairy milk is kind of disgusting, and 2) it must be great for the environment. It may come as a surprise to some (but not all) that the industry which produces almond milk and its subsequent products (like yogurt and ice cream), is relatively unethical.

Apparently, according to a Slate article, almonds have a large ecological footprint because of the amount of water it takes to grow them along with the water needed to produce the milk.

While the article counters this argument, saying that it takes significantly more water to produce dairy products, there is still the idea that my drinking almond milk, in the many, many gallons I have consumed and will consume, is harming the environment (not to mention the fact that I still eat cheese and eggs sparingly).

It seems as if one alternative is never entirely without its cons. I mean I eat a lot more carbs than I should, but hey, at least it isn't meat, right?

And so, here we are with the prospect of not eating meat. For me, it’s more the health discipline such a diet requires and, well, the fact that I loathe the smell of raw chicken that molded my decision. But for many, it’s about all the animals.

So, if you’re a vegetarian and you’re asking yourself, “is it okay to not eat cage-free eggs or to eat eggs at all” or some similar dairy-related dilemma, my answer to you is, yes, it’s okay. Why? Because there will ALWAYS be a blind spot behind your good intentions and you must give yourself (and your bank account) room to breathe.

However, just because we can't be too sure of the production and manufacturing practices behind everything we buy, this doesn't mean we should give up trying. It’s easy to look at the food industry and think, what are my eating habits really changing?

But at the end of the day, you have your convictions and you hold them close—and even if you aren’t one hundred percent on track to “saving the planet,” just know that every little bit counts.

There is a great concern for the future of humans and the environment, but I’m a great believer in progress. I’m also a believer in not trying so hard to change something you have little control over. You have the autonomy to choose what you eat, of course, but take your time and hope for the best.

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