It’s no secret that just about everyone loves coffee, but as much as it seems like women are the heavier coffee lovers…it is actually the men. According to a couple of my sources, “men tend to drink 3-4 cups of coffee more than women” simply because they crave the jolt. Although we can easily brew coffee from home, as consumers we tend to go out and buy it from a coffee shop which brings me to my point.
Here in Morgantown, we have a variety of coffee shops to choose from depending on cost, location and taste. It’s pretty apparent that different coffee shops offer their own unique thing, but where should you go? Well that depends on what you’re in the mood for but when it comes to the nutritional value, or lack thereof, you get what you see below.
Starbucks vs Dunkin Donuts:
Iced Coffee – Dunkin Donuts (Medium, 24oz): 140 calories, 28 grams of sugar
Iced Coffee – Starbucks (Venti, 24oz): 190 calories, 35 grams of sugar
Further looking into it, Dunkin Donuts coffee with a flavor added to it (vanilla, caramel, etc.) as well as the larger cup sizes tend to take the cake when comparing nutritional value. Recently Cara has had a couple of post over the imposed soda tax in hopes of cutting back on unhealthy soda consumption ( her post focuses specifically on WV). With this being said, something interesting found according to a survey on CBS News was that “many of Starbucks’ drinks have more sugar than a can of Coca-Cola”. With that being said, will more people back away from drinking coffee and soda all together?
Junior and coffee drinker Morgan Montgomery says the nutritional value that coffee lacks doesn’t bother her at all.
“Coffee is how I start my day and usually end it, I’m a happier person when I’ve had my coffee. I drink fancy Starbucks like once maybe twice a week so it wouldn’t change my mind! Other than that, I mainly use my Keurig.”
With waking up in the morning and brewing a cup or going through the drive thru on your way to work or school being such a habit, I don’t see there being much of a change in purchases of coffee per week. With the average amount of money spent per year being $164.71 and 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the U.S. alone, I don’t see any reason why people should cut back or it being a big deal when it brings in so much money.
After a broad overview including price, nutritional facts, and statistics, have you been persuaded one way or the other? Will you be more inclined to buy coffee and make it in your own home to know exactly how much of what is going in each cup? Or do none of the facts bother you at all and you will continue doing as you are?