Today, tea and coffee are among the most popular beverages in the entire world along with water and beer, and the markets for them are enormous. This includes not only tea bags for sweet tea or herbal tea, but also coffee beans, coffee cream or sugar, and more. The hardware for all this is also a big part of the market. Many Americans may want a teapot and cups, and a coffee grinder is key for any coffee drinker at home. A coffee grinder may even be used at the office; after all, many office workers drink coffee for energy, and many office break rooms may involve a coffee station. A coffee grinder or espresso maker will do the job just fine there. What is there to know about coffee and tea today, and those who drink them?
The Market for Coffee and Tea
There are statistics to show just how popular these drinks are around the world. The United States is one of the world’s biggest coffee markets, and nearly a quarter of all un-roasted imports go into the United States alone. Nearly half of the entire American population drinks coffee at least occasionally, if not regularly, and tens of millions of Americans drink coffee daily. Larger coffee brands and retailers may sell a lot of product, but smaller, independent coffee shops also sell many such products, and together they make up an impressive market share. Smaller coffee shops may offer unique blends and flavors to draw in customers, and they may also serve pastries and tea for those interested. Overall, statistics have shown that among all coffee drinkers today in the U.S., an average of 3.1 cups is consumed. Most often, Americans have coffee with breakfast, and some coffee is also consumed between meals.
Coffee is a staple in the United States, and while tea is more of a novelty to Americans, it is plenty popular too. Iced coffee is often the norm, and some parts of the United States are known for making iced tea a typical drink. On any given day, just over half of all Americans may consume tea, and it tends to be iced. Iced coffee exists too, and proves popular among many people. What is more, tea is known for being a health-conscious drink. It is nearly calorie-free, but it does contain healthy ingredients that many people may enjoy to keep their bodies balanced.
Coffee and tea do not come out of a tap. The right drinking vessels may be used, all the way from sturdy tea cups and coffee mugs all the way to disposable paper cups and plastic lids. What’s the difference? At home, a person may take pride in their coffee mug or tea cup collection, and these items may even have sentimental value. Expensive china is popular in some homes, and upscale cafes may also serve hot beverages in these cups. In other cases, though, disposable vessels are best, especially for coffee.
Many Americans are business professionals in a rush, and they don’t have time to use a coffee grinder at home. Instead, they get coffee to go, and it comes in paper cups with spill-proof, heat-retaining plastic lids. These items can be thrown away as needed, and can be taken with someone into a taxi, on board a subway, or anywhere else. These cups may come with cardboard sleeves to protect the drinker’s hands from the liquid’s heat, and stir sticks may be offered.
In other cases, at the office or home, a coffee maker or coffee grinder may be set up. A person at home will use their own choice of coffee beans, flavors, and mugs, and at the office, this work can be shared. Many American office break rooms involve a coffee station for a coffee grinder, espresso maker, and more. This is a shared effort. Workers are urged to make a fresh pot whenever they find it empty for everyone’s convenience, and the workers are advised to keep the station clean and tidy. Coffee grounds and empty sugar packets make for an unwanted mess. These workers can also rotate responsibility for buying new coffee beans or grounds, disposable cups, sugar packets, and creamer containers as needed. This can be convenient for all involved.