All throughout the United States, coffee shops have only grown more and more prevalent – and more and more desired – over the course of time. After all, more than half of the adult population drinks coffee at least once per day, with the average person consuming just over one and a half cups of coffee (each cup about 9 oz each) in this same span of time. And an additional 30% of all people still drink coffee occasionally even if they do not consume coffee and coffee beverages on a particularly regular basis.
Coffee can, of course, be made at home. As a matter of fact, up to 86% of all coffee drinkers do make at least some of their coffee in a home setting. Making your coffee at home can save you money and time, two things that many people want to conserve as much as they are possibly able to do so. Unfortunately, coffee from a coffee shop can quickly add up, especially if you are going to said coffee shop each and every day – perhaps even multiple times throughout the course of a day.
For many people, however, there is a balance that can be struck. Cutting out your coffee shop visits entirely is typically not necessary, especially since coffee shops can offer things that you cannot get at home. For instance, specialty coffee blends can be found at local coffee shops, made from specialty beans that account for less than 5% of all coffee production on a global scale. This locally roasted coffee, typically best about three to five days after first being roasted, is something you won’t be able to replicate in your own kitchen for a variety of reasons, from the coffee available to you in stores to the tools that you personally have on hand.
Going to a coffee shop also gives you access to coffee that has been expertly prepared. Even the storage of coffee in the typical coffee shop is given close consideration, with the ideal coffee being stored at a temperature that does not dip below 68 degrees Fahrenheit or exceed 72 degrees Fahrenheit. How the coffee is brewed and the temperature that it is kept at can also help to improve the coffee drinking experience.
Of course, shops also serve specialty coffee beverages that are much harder to make in a home environment. Lattes provide just one example of this, a popular drink that can be made in a variety of different ways. Even just getting an espresso shot is easier in a coffee shop than in the typical home. And cappuccinos, cold brew, and other popular coffee drinks have also garnered a large fanbase. Even if you don’t drink coffee, you should stop into your local coffee shop thanks to the fact that they are likely to have a selection of other beverages available as well.
Tea, for instance, is commonly found in a coffee shop and can be expertly brewed both cold and hot. Tea can come in many different varieties as well, with both caffeinated and non caffeinated versions available. Coffee shops also often have smoothies and other juices, meaning that there is something in the typical coffee shop for just about every single person. At the end of the day, supporting a local business is easy when that business is your local coffee shop.
In addition to this, many coffee shops provide a quiet and relaxing place to get some work done. With free wifi, many people find that sitting down with a cup of coffee allows them to create a great productive environment away from the distractions of their home. With more people than ever working remotely, the coffee shop atmosphere has become a more valuable thing than ever. Many a coffee shop now even serves food, allowing customers to stay for even longer and have a better experience than ever. From pastries to deli sandwiches to even soups, the food that a coffee shop can offer will range quite immensely.
At the end of the day, there is no doubting the fact that coffee shops are widely beloved – and even widely necessary, you might say – all throughout the United States and in many other parts of the world.