Millennials And Our Coffee House Culture

Millennials And Our Coffee House Culture

Why do we millennials love coffee?
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We love coffee. We love the smell, the taste, the way a steaming Americano feels in our hands but why? Why do we millennials love coffee? I can tell you that as a black coffee drinking, espresso chugging, iced macchiato addict that it serves a grand purpose. It keeps me awake, it's a social setting yet also somewhere I can work on my laptop. The culture involved in a coffee house is a unique atmosphere. Wes Gay a contributing writer fo Forbes Magazine wrote an interesting article about this coffee culture take over. "millennials were more likely than any other generation to view a cafe space as a place to be more productive. " - Dr. Bower.

His article brings some cool facts to the table stating that millennials have a more disposable income than past generations, as well as choosing to spend our money differently than past generations aka on more expensive coffee. I have a less educated and fact-filled opinion than that. I think that media may have had a role in making us coffee house lovers. TV shows like Freinds, Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls, Pretty Little Liars, Fraiser, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all feature a signature coffee shop that plays a vital role in the show as the hangout spot or the place of dramatically filled conversations. Places like Central Perk and Rear Window Brew are easily identifiable to almost any millennial.

With this take off of coffee houses in the media, there is also the social pressure of drinking coffee. Any high schooler, college student or young adult more or less has tried the coffee and experienced this coffee house culture solely because it's what the cool kids are doing. Entrepreneur's around the country have jumped on to this trend and continually feed the more artistic and open-mindedness of the millennial. They have cute names for drinks, trendy writings on the wall with extremely extra sayings like "I like my cream & sugar with a touch coffee". They feed our dreamer sides by putting up artsy pictures of Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Venice, all places that reinforce the wanderlust that every young adult feels. These people know what they are doing and we like it. Capitalism is alive and well in the hands of these business owners but again we're not complaining.

Needless to say, as an avid coffeehouse goer I can only explain to the non-believer so much. I truly don't know why I can focus better with a steaming latte. While the coffee game has transformed from Grandpa's cup of joe at 5 a.m. and become my 2 p.m. pick me up; coffee is now a definitive part of the millennial culture change.

Cover Image Credit: Aspen Coffee Company

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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7 Reasons Starbucks' Coffee Is 100 Percent Superior To Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts?

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There has been this controversial debate on whether Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is the better option when it comes to getting one of the best coffees. As a lover of the White Chocolate Mocha, I can not begin to fathom how someone would be willing to go to Starbucks' competitor, Dunkin Donuts. Here are 5 reasons why you should kick Dunkin Donuts to the curb and let Starbucks into your life!

Study Spot

What better place is there to study than Starbucks! The comfy couches allow you to relax and do your homework peacefully.

The Holiday cups

During the Christmas season, Starbucks comes out with creative cups design for the most wonderful time of the year!

Frappuccinos> Coolatta

Frappuccinos definitely rule over the Coolattas that Dunkin provides.

More menu options

Starbucks provides way more coffee drinks than Dunkin. And the best part is that you can customize your own coffee/latte/tea. Anything you name, Starbucks has it.

The Lactose intolerants are certainly welcomed at Starbucks!

One of my friends is Lactose intolerant and she tells me that Starbucks has dairy-free options.

Best food quantity

Does Dunkin Donuts sell cake pops? I don't think so.

BEST Quality Coffee

Starbucks has the top quality coffees and lets be honest Dunkin Donuts coffee tastes burnt

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