Coffee Essay

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Like this Story? Share it: Share On Facebook Post to StumbleUpon (AP) (CBS) With apologies to petroleum, America's fuel is caffeine. Coffee is the brew kick-starting a nation of bleary-eyed, foggy-headed sleepwalkers.America might be the melting pot, but it sure is the coffee pot. One could really make the argument that coffee is the "American lubricant." It lubricates social situations and the workplace, says Bob Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University who teaches a whole course on Starbucks."As you're working during the day coffee become the equivalent of 'in-flight fueling station,'" says Thompson. "You grab a cup on your way to work, you've got your little commuting holder in your car, there's a pot at work ... I think it's really appropriate that oil and coffee look the same because in a lot of ways oil and coffee are doing the same job."After oil, coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world. More than 50 percent of Americans drink coffee everyday — three to four cups each, more than 330 million cups a day and counting.But for all the new flavors and varieties, it’s not the taste that drives coffee’s popularity. "I can remember the first cup of coffee I did drink," says coffee drinker Nora Harvey. "I got a big buzz. I was like, 'This stuff is legal?'"Bennett Weinberg has written two books on coffee. His latest is called "The Caffeine Advantage." Weinberg says caffeine is the world’s most popular drug."If coffee didn't contain any caffeine, would it be the popular beverage … the dominant beverage that it is in our culture?'" asks Weinberg. "Well there's no question it would not be. You know, it can't be a coincidence that all the most popular drinks on earth, which taste quite different from each other, all contain caffeine."Caffeine is one of the fastest acting drugs known to man. When we drink it, almost

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