The local diner has recently undergone a major face lift. By removing the old suspended ceiling tiles, the owners of the restaurant that is located across the street from a small college campus exposed the original tin ceiling. Repainted a fresh white color, the new ceiling brightens up the space, as well as making the whole place feel even bigger. The original artwork on the walls and the simple white paper cups and coffee accessories are the same. The menu, which includes breakfast items all day, as well as plenty of lunch and dinner options, has also remained the same, but the freshly painted ceiling gives the place a whole new look.
Fortunately, the remodeling project is complete before the college’s Homecoming weekend when parents and alumni will return to campus and stop over for coffee in the morning, a piece of frozen pie in the afternoon, and various other meals as well. The stations of creamers, wooden stir sticks, and paper coffee cups with lids are refilled and ready for what will likely be another big weekend.
Even in the midst of college kids who come to campus from all over the country, the plain creamer and hot coffee of the closest restaurant in town is always popular. And while some of the big city kids may have thought that they only wanted the fancy coffees and the fancy creamer options offered by large chain coffee shops, the price of a simple cup of coffee that is within walking distance of the dorm is very tempting. And when the plain creamer is a free add in, the college student has a difficult time of justifying leaving campus and spending the big bucks on the latest coffee trend advertised by the national coffee chain.
Hot and black, maybe with a little creamer and sugar, is all most late night study sessions require.
How Many Cups of Coffee Do You Drink a Day?
From the first cup of coffee in the morning to the one last cup of decaf coffee squeezed in after dinner, 35% of coffee drinkers prefer a simple cup of plain black coffee. College students who are sometimes relying on caffeine to get them through long study sessions, for instance, often go for a plain cup of coffee over adding in all of the calories that are in the specialty drinks.
How well do your coffee drinking habits match up with these other national statistics:
- 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging, leading to a 65% decrease in developing dementia or Alzheimer?s, according to a recent study.
- 65% of all coffee is consumed during breakfast hours, and only 30% is consumed between meals. The remaining 5% while eating other meals.
- 30% of the population are occasional coffee drinkers.
- Arabica and Robusta are the two primary types of coffee. For the most part, Arabica is used by the vast majority of the specialty industry.
- 65% of coffee drinkers prefer to add sugar and/or cream to their drinks.
- 150 million Americans, which is 50% of the population, drink espresso, cappuccino, latte, or iced or cold coffees.
- At home coffee preparation increased 4 percentage points, with as many as 86% of past-day coffee drinkers indicating that they made coffee at home.
- American consumers drank on average of 1.64 cups of coffee a day, according to recent statistics.
- 27.5 million bags of coffee were imported in the U.S. in the year 2014, accounting for almost 25% of global coffee imports that were unroasted, and making the U.S. the world’s largest single buyer.
- $48 billion is the retail value of today’s U.S. coffee market. It may come as no surprise that specialty coffees comprise approximately 55% value share.
Having a local coffee shop can be a major advantage. Finding a way to get the pick me up you need at an affordable price is a great option for college students and many other coffee lovers. If it is in the morning, chances are you have recently finished, or are just starting, your first cup of the day. Will you have another one before you get to work, or do you limit yourself to just one morning Cup of Joe?