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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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

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