Coffee Shops Are A Staple Of American Culture

Coffee Shops Are A Staple Of American Culture

People come for coffee, but why do they stay?

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Coffee. With one simple word, a unique image, feeling, or perhaps even a craving is evoked in nearly everyone. For me, I equate coffee with productivity. When I know that I need to get work done, I treat myself to a big cup of joe to motivate me - and I'm sure the caffeine kick helps as well. Some associate coffee with social outings, while to others it is a necessity in the mornings. Coffee is an integral part of American culture.

It's no surprise that coffee shops are popular establishments. They have everything that modern society thrives on: coffee, pastries, WiFi, aesthetic, people, and productivity.

Who are the people that go to coffee shops? College students who need to do work. College students that need a break from work to socialize. Young professionals working on proposals. Moms that are looking for an excuse to leave the house. Retired people enjoying their free time. Anyone who is sleep-deprived and in desperate need of a boost.

What is it that attracts people to this establishment? The coffee is a pretty good starting point, but there has to be more. Perhaps the better question is why do people stay? They stay for the atmosphere: the smell, the energy, the design. They stay to be motivated: surrounded by others getting work done. They stay for the socialization: a chance to meet up with old friends or new acquaintances. They stay to be a part of the culture.

Coffee shops: it's just so easy to be in them. Whether you are a regular or it's your first time in the place, you don't feel out of place. If you want to be left alone, you can be. If you want to be in the company of others and have a conversation, that's cool, too.

Attracting people of all ages and backgrounds, it threads a common strand among people. Coffee shops tap into the core of humanity, reaching past categories of differentiations to exploit the similarities of humans past simply a shared favorite drink. Coffee is more than a drink. It is a gateway to an experience, whether you are conscious of it or not.

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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

It is your one true love.
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Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.

12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.

SEE ALSO: The Top 10 Struggles Of Every Chick-Fil-A Employee

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I Burn My Mouth On Pizza 9 Out Of 10 Times, I Just Can’t Wait For Perfection

Pizza and perfection both start with a P—coincidence? I think not.

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Pizza to me is the food from the gods, and honestly, there is hardly anything that can top it in my book. When I eat pizza, I dig right in no matter if I burn my fingers or mouth in the process because you can't rush perfection, but you can rush the amount of pizza that goes into your mouth. To some, pizza is basic, but to the intellectual, pizza is the perfect meal you can have. Need proof? Read these 10 reasons why burning your mouth is 100% worth it for a slice of heaven.

1. Pizza can be eaten anywhere...

Pizza will be by your side as you travel no matter how near or far. You can even invest in your pizza travels with pizza pouches so you can multi-task while indulging in your fave food while also looking extra saucy.

2. ...And be eaten anytime of day.

Morning person? Breakfast pizza is your food soulmate. Are you a person with a major sweet tooth? Let dessert pizza be your dentist. There is no right or wrong time to eat pizza, and if anyone tells you otherwise, you need to cut them out of your life and call your nearest pizza place.

3. Leftovers are the gift that keeps on giving.

Leftover fries? Soggy and floppy. Leftover noodles? Blah. Leftover pizza? Seriously deserves an A++++++ for being just as delicious as when it was fresh, whether warmed up or cold.

4. Pizza is a well-rounded diet.

Trying to live a healthy life? Eat pizza because it is a well-rounded diet. One, there's tomato sauce on it which is a fruit, two, there is cheese so you have dairy, three, the crust has grain, four you can have vegetables on your pizza or add some meat for extra protein. You have just covered so many food types, and then add in the fact that pizza is usually in a circle. So you are definitely living your best life while eating pizza. Want to know why a pizza is a circle? They don't cut corners.

5. One word: carbs.

Eating pizza is a carb load that can help you fall into a lovely food coma or give you a food baby after eating a little more than you planned. The carbs are worth it in the end because I didn't choose the carb life, the carb life chose me.

6. Simple math: Pizza = Party

You've never heard of a carrot celebration or a steak soirée, but we've all heard of pizza parties. Whether you are having a party for two or hundreds of people, pizza is always a go-to food to feed everyone because one, pizza is a friend to your wallet, and two, because it can feed the masses. Pizza is honestly a party animal.

7. Any size of pizza is a personal sized pizza if you just believe in yourself.

Not in a social mood? Order yourself a pizza, no matter how big or small, and treat yourself to a personal pizza. The pizza won't judge ya if you can polish off a large one in one sitting. You just need to have faith in yourself to do it and maybe some Tums later on.

8. Pizza is always around you.

Not to be creepy, but seriously pizza is always around you. Maybe you have a frozen pizza in your freezer. Or you can make a quick phone call and in less than 10 minutes you can be picking up a freshly baked pizza. Better yet, you can make another phone call and have a pizza delivered to your door in like 30 minutes. Your connection with pizza is probably healthier than most of your relationships.

9. There is no limit to types of pizza.

I can't even count the number of pizza varieties that are out there. Pizza is the chameleon in the food industry because if you can think of it, there is probably a pizza like it. Pizza is limitless and timeless. This delightful slice of heaven will stand the test of time, while fads like unicorn and rainbow food will die off.

10.  Pizza brings all walks of life together.

Thick or thin, meat lovers or vegan, gluten-free or all the gluten, pizza is the one symbol in our lives that unifies together one cheesy slice at a time. With the variety of toppings and types of pizza can help feed the pickiest of eaters and even mermaids.

These are the top ten reasons why pizza is the number 1 food people should eat. This might be cheesy, but a pizza of my heart has been stolen from this food. So don't mind me as I burn my mouth 90% of the time while eating pizza because it hurts so good.

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