A Dunkin' Donuts and Careerbuilder survey finds that food-service workers, scientists, and sales reps are chugging the java
Does your office practically run on coffee? It just might if you work in food service, science labs, or sales offices.
In honor of the upcoming National Coffee Day this week, Dunkin' Donuts and Careerbuilder paired up to survey American workers to figure out which professions drank the most coffee. The survey questioned more than 4,000 workers for three weeks between August and September, according to a release.
The findings? Better tip your food-service workers so they can keep up with their caffeine habit, as they rank number one in the survey. Scientists, sales reps, nurses, and teachers all cracked the top 10; as well as public relations/marketing execs and reporters and writers. (Judging by the number of Starbucks cups in our collective trash can, we'd have to agree.)
Other stats from the survey: 63 percent of all coffee drinkers drink two or more cups per day, with 28 percent drinking three or more per day. Employees in the Northwest drink more coffee than those in the South or Midwest. And unsurprisingly, nearly everyone says that coffee helps their productivity.
Check out the full list below, in order of coffee-drinking professions.
1) Food Preparation/Service Workers
3) Sales Representatives
4) Marketing/Public Relations Professionals
5) Nurses (Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant)
6) Editors/Writers/Media Workers
7) Business Executives
8) Teachers/Instructors (K-12)
9) Engineering Technicians/Support
10) IT Managers/Network Administrators
Americans Are Drinking More Coffee Than Ever
The number of Americans who drink a cup of coffee daily is the highest it's been in six years.
It probably seems as though everyone in your neighborhood and office building is in line for that cup of morning coffee just when you need it most. Well, it turns out that you&aposre not imagining things. A recent survey finds that more Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee today than they have been for the past six years.
According to Reuters, a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association surveyed 3,000 Americans about their coffee drinking habits. The survey found that 64 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day, up from 62 percent in 2017, and the highest percentage since 2012.
What&aposs more is that while it might seem like you can&apost walk a block without seeing another coffee shop, most people still enjoy making coffee at home despite the popularity of cafés like Starbucks 79 percent of participants said that they had brewed a cup of coffee at home the previous day, while only 36 of people said they had bought a coffee from an outside location.
Meanwhile, artisan coffee remains popular among a younger generation: 48 percent of millennials said they had a cup of coffee the previous day that could be considered gourmet, which might account for events like the recent Roasters Village at SXSW, where companies showcased innovations in the coffee realm (including one stall outfitted with a robot barista).
Americans consume the most coffee in the world overall (although Finland consumes the most coffee per capita, or per person). Nonetheless, most of the world&aposs coffee is harvested in the developing countries, like Guatemala and Indonesia. The majority of Americans drink coffee𠅊round 83 percent𠅊nd it’s long been a booming industry in this country. For instance, the average American spends $1,110 on coffee annually, while coffee exporting is valued at $20 billion globally.
And all this bodes well for America, it turns out. Sure, coffee gives you that much-needed boost of energy in the morning, but some recent scientific studies have also shown that it might help you live longer, too. So drink on, America.
The Strangest, Weirdest, and Downright Oddest Coffee That People Actually Drink
There are (rare) occasions when the same old cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it. You might try changing switching from an Aeropress to a French press to a traditional drip coffee maker in an attempt to change the taste. But, at the end of the cup, it just doesn’t cut it.
Lucky for your caffeine fueled taste buds, there are a variety of strange coffee concoctions enjoyed all around the world.
Here is a list of some of the most strange coffee people drink and the recipes for how to make it.
Disclaimer: Some of the strange coffees found on this list are only for thrillseekers and coffee drinkers who enjoy a little adventure in their lives.
Strange Coffee Cups And The Method to Make Them
Before getting started, there are a few drinks on this list that requires a shot of espresso to make. If you’re keen on giving them a try, you may not be able to find these at your favorite cafe.
Instead, considering investing in your own espresso machine, like the DeLonghi ESAM 3300 Magnifica . This espresso maker is a good one, or you can get the best espresso machine possible that’s under $200 if you’re trying to save a bit of money.
Now, let’s get into the strange cups of coffee.
#1 – Espresso Romano
As you can probably guess by the romantic spelling of its name, this strange cup of coffee comes from Italy.
This drink is simply a shot of espresso with a slice of lemon added to offset the bitterness of the coffee.
Perhaps not so strange, but a lemon in your espresso? Why?
#2 – Mazagran
Let’s stick with the theme of lemons for a moment. Coming from Portugal, there is a strange coffee called the Mazagran that includes lemon juice as one of its ingredients.
The espresso and water should be in equal parts and the lemon juice should be used to top it off. Whether you like it sour or sweet, that’ll be entirely up to you.
#3 – Irish Coffee
If you’re Irish, this may be the usual cup of coffee in the morning. But for those rushing off to work, the Irish coffee would be a strange cup of coffee to consume. It’s concoction combining coffee and whiskey and will certain perk you up first thing in the morning.
- 1 Cup of Coffee
- 1 Shot of Whiskey (or more)
- 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
- Whipped Cream (optional)
#4 – Turkish Coffee
Beans and seeds are like little friends and the Turkish coffee is where the two mix and mingle. To make your coffee Turkish style, you can start by using one of these Turkish coffee grinder mills . To make it an authentic cup, add a cardamom pod to infuse its flavor into the coffee.
#5 – Yuanyang
This strange cup of coffee may cause a some internal conflict. It’s broken up in three parts: 1 part coffee, 1 part tea, and 1 part condensed milk. It’s a popular drink in Hong Kong where they infuse their local tea traditions with best black drink you love.
#6 – Eiskaffee
It would be insulting to call this coffee strange since it serves as one of the most delicious desserts imaginable. Coffee. Icecream. Chocolate chips. This beverage converts sweet and bitter into a delicious delight.
- 1 Cup of Instant Coffee
- 2 Scoops of Ice Cream
- Whipped Cream
- Topped with Chocolate Chips
By the way, this coffee comes from Germany.
#7 – Kopi Joss (Charcoal Coffee)
The last few coffees on the list are going to be dominated by the Indonesian. If you’re unfamiliar, Indonesia has one of the richest coffee cultures in the world. And, if you haven’t already, you should really give the history of their coffee a read.
Anyway, the kopi joss is a special drink. It’s made with piping out water and typically enjoyed while sitting on mats beside the street at the end of a long day of work. The strange part about this coffee is that the drop a chunk of charcoal right before it’s served.
Rumor has it, this coffee can cure stomach aches. If not, it’s still a pretty cool cup of coffee to enjoy.
#8 – Kopi Jahe (Ginger Coffee)
Indonesia is an agricultural country, so it’s no surprise that they have come up with some strange cups of coffee. The Kopi Joss is a sweet and spicy coffee infused with ginger and palm sugar.
The trick to making a coffee like this is to bring the water and the coffee to a boil with the ginger along with it.
#9 – Kopi Luwak (aka Cat Poop Coffee)
Any list of strange coffee would not be complete without the famous cat poop coffee coming from Indonesia. This is a special drink. Special because it requires a cat like creature called a civet to consume coffee beans and literally poop them back out. It is said that the digestive process inside the civet causes physical changes to the coffee bean resulting in a more flavorful cup of coffee.
Whether it’s the enzymes of the remains of fecal matter, the drink known as Kopi Luwak is one of the strangest cups of coffee known.
Want to enjoy an authentic cup of strange coffee?
There are many variations to making the strange coffees above and below. For the best and most authentic flavours (excluding those requiring instant coffee) it is recommended to grind your own beans.
Grinding your own bean allows you to extract the full flavours, oils and caffeine in each and every cup. Visit our burr grinder sections to read reviews of some of the best coffee grinders out there!
#10 – Cà Phê Trứng (Egg Coffee)
If that last coffee was too strange for you, let’s get away from Indonesia and move toward Vietnam. The Cà Phê Trứng uses the traditional methods of making a Vietnamese coffee except it is made with an egg.
They say an egg added to the coffee gives it a creamy texture and combined with the sugar it’s sweet enough to be enjoyed as a dessert.
- 1 Egg
- 3 Tablespoons Vietnamese Coffee
- 2 Tablespoons Sweetened Condensed Milk
To make an authentic cup of Vietnamese coffee, you’re going to need a traditional Vietnamese coffee filter. Try this one, as it’s one of the best.
Tip, add the yolk only and whisk it generously before pouring on top of your coffee.
#11 – Monkey Spit Coffee?
Is this for real? Somewhere on the Island of Taiwan there are a bunch of coffee farmers collecting the spit out remains of coffee beans from the Taiwanese macaque. For a while, this monkey was threatened to become extinct. However, since farmers discovered that the coffee spat out by these monkeys give the coffee a “vanilla-like” scent, they have become highly protected and help produce some strange and expensive coffee.
Who would have thought that monkeys had vanilla breath? But, does that mean the coffee has a vanilla taste?
#12 – Koffeeost (Coffee and Cheese)
This one might seem difficult to believe, however up high in the mountains of Sweden they are serving coffee with chunks of cheese. They use a special cheese made from reindeer milk and the taste is vivid and sweet. Now, if you’re really keen on making this drink, let’s go through the entire process (including the cheese making part).
If you don’t have access to reindeer milk, whole milk will work as well.
- 2L Whole Milk
- 60 ml Heavy Cream
- 2 tsp Rennet
- Cheese Cloth
- Put the milk and cream into a pot
- Break up the rennet (dissolve in water if necessary)
- Mix the milk and cream bringing it to 37 degrees then remove from the heat.
- Stir in the rennet
- Wait for an hour
- Put the pot back on the stove slowly bring it up to just before boiling.
- When you see cheese curds form, ladle the curds out and put them on the cheese cloth.
- Press the cheese curds while it’s hot, removing as much moisture as you can.
- Let the water drain for a couple hours then place in the oven until golden brown.
- Make your favorite cup of coffee
- Add freshly cut chunks of cheese and enjoy.
If done correctly, you should be pulling a beautiful block of cheese out of the oven. The flavour is fluffy and sweet and definitely a bit strange.
[Special thanks to the jolipantry for this strange coffee concoction.]
#13 – Coconut Coffee
This is hardly strange but certainly incredible. Having a hint of coconut in your cup of coffee may be the next best thing to the Irish coffee first thing in the morning. To make this cup of coffee, all you need is your best brewing equipment like one of these great coffee makers and a jar of coconut oil. It’s simple and the subtle taste of coconut is a soothing touch.
#14 – Black Ivory Coffee (Yup, more poop coffee)
The people who thought it was a good idea to using the coffee beans from animals that poop is definitely more than a little weird. Here’s another coffee that uses the digestive enzymes from an animal to enjoy a poopy cup of coffee. Its better known as elephant dung coffee and is an expensive drink made in Thailand. The cost per kilo is around $1 100 USD and is said to be super smooth with all bitterness removed.
Likely, this is a cup of coffee you won’t be consuming anytime soon. Unless you have a pet elephant, you could be putting your hands in poop and pulling out the most expensive coffee bean on the planet. If that’s not the strangest thing, please tell what is in the comments below.
Your coffee isn't fresh anymore.
Coffee isn't a product to buy in bulk. Most coffee stays fresh for a month or two after it's been ground. Look for a sell-by date on any ground coffee you buy and treat that as the start of a month-long countdown after which the coffee will likely start losing its flavor. Better yet? Look for a "best by" date and take it seriously. If you grind your own beans, that extends the life some, especially if you only grind in small batches or, better still, use a coffeemaker with a built-in grinder that does the work for you. (Related: This Beloved Coffee Brand Just Filed for Bankruptcy.)
6 Local Baristas Share Their Favorite At-Home Coffee Recipes
Denver businesses are beginning to open their doors to the public as the safer-at-home order takes place. However, the community is still settling into this new phase. Things like sitting down in a crowded coffee shop and sipping on a perfectly made latte, are still not part of the new normal. However, some talented local baristas from the best coffee shops in Denver have shared some unique coffee recipes for you to try out at home. Whether you miss grabbing a quick coffee from your favorite café or you’re bored of your daily cup of joe, here are some recipes that’ll add something new to your normal coffee break.
As service industry workers struggle in these uncertain times, various online services are now offering additional help. This website allows people to tip a randomized staff member when they have a drink. We will also be including Venmo handles of the involved baristas below if anyone wants to tip them personally.
This obsessive tendency to improve one's craft led to local and international barista competitions. Although formal barista competitions originated in Norway, the most famous and respected barista competition is now the World Barista Championships (or WBC), which like the Olympics, is located in a new country every year. Competitors in the WBC are tasked with preparing 4 espressos, 4 milk drinks, and 4 original signature drinks to exacting standards in 15 minutes.
We can hold the coffee in most of the popular drinks
Speaking of customization — even those who don't like coffee can try some of the chain's most famous beverages.
My fiancé who can't stand the taste of coffee had often stuck to hot chocolate and Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccinos since he didn't think he'd like the espresso-filled specialty drinks. He was pleasantly surprised when I told him that we can hold the coffee and espresso for even the chain's most popular offerings.
So, a PSA for those who want to taste Starbucks' famous Pumpkin Spice Latte but don't like espresso: We can hold the coffee for you.
A lot of times the Frappuccino or latte is called whatever the drink was originally named, just replace the last word with "creme." So a Pumpkin Spice Latte without the double shot of espresso is called a Pumpkin Spice Creme.
Different types of coffee in Vietnam
In Vietnam, coffee has long overtaken its nature of simple drink. Below are some of the most famous recipes you can try while traveling across the country. Far from being fancy, it is common to find many of them in most traditional coffee places.
Coffee with milk (ca phe nau or ca phe sua)
Most people drink the dark, strong brew with sweetened condensed milk, a practice that began because the French couldn't easily acquire fresh milk. Up to this day, fresh milk is not a common ingredient found in traditional coffee shops. You could ask but shouldn’t count on it. In the north of Vietnam, the mixture of black coffee and sweetened condensed milk is referred to as ca phe nau (brown coffee), while in the south it’s called ca phe sua (milk coffee). While it is mostly served cold with ice, you can also order it hot.
Yoghurt coffee (sua chua ca phe)
Like coffee, yoghurt was originally brought to Vietnam by the French and has been adopted into local culinary tradition. Rich and creamy, it’s served with various toppings, from fresh mango to fermented rice – and even coffee. This might sound like an odd combination, but the rich yoghurt pairs amazingly well with a drizzle of black coffee – just stir and sip.
Egg coffee (ca phe trung)
Egg yolk whipped with condensed milk into an airy froth meets dark coffee in this rich concoction: think of it as a Vietnamese take on tiramisu. A Hanoi invention, egg coffee first made the scene in the 1940s, when milk was scarce and egg yolks provided a convenient replacement. Café Giang in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where it was invented, still serves the egg coffee but other places now offer their own recipe - sometimes even bettering the original!
Coconut coffee (ca phe cot dua)
It is unsure whether this is a traditional recipe or if it was invented by the Cong Caphe chain of boho coffee shops. What is certain however is that it's become a favourite among the trendy Vietnamese youth in the past couple of years. Black coffee with a tear of condensed milk is mixed with coconut milk and blended with ice in a sort of shake. A more regular version served in some local shops presents a base of ca phe nau (brown coffee) mixed with coconut milk and fresh milk.
Coffee smoothie (sinh to ca phe)
In recent years, coffee has even found its way into smoothies. Popular juice shops perk up creamy blends of fresh fruit with a touch of Vietnamese coffee, sometimes tossing in yoghurt or cashews. In Hanoi, try sinh to ca phe chuoi bo (coffee blended with banana and avocado). In Ho Chi Minh, go for sinh to ca phe sapoche (coffee blended with sapodilla, a tropical fruit with a custard-like taste). Both are delicious ways to get your caffeine fix and your vitamins at the same time.
Slow Cooker Beef and Beer
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
This recipe is inspired by a Belgian dish called carbonnade, a hearty stew of beef and onions braised in beer. Take 10 minutes to prep in the morning, then set a slow cooker on low and go about your day. When it's time for dinner, this bone-sticking beef stew will be ready.
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Beer.
How to get the maximum benefit from coffee?
To get the maximum benefit from your coffee, opt for whole coffee beans and grind them right before you&rsquore ready to brew your coffee. Black coffee is recommended if you want to experience more of the benefits.
You&rsquoll also want to go with organic coffee beans since those that aren&rsquot pesticide-free are often among the most heavily-sprayed crops in existence.
The best way to find beans that are free of chemicals is to look for the 100% Organic seal or visit a local coffee farm and buy them directly from the grower. Your taste buds and your health will thank you.