Gee, it really gets exciting when you do coffee-themed posts for the upcoming International Coffee Day, doesn’t it?! So, for this next post here on this colorfully colorful blog called WordPress, I would like to dig into the history books once more and explain the history of a certain break time that is known as the coffee break…
Now, a coffee break here in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. is a short mid-morning rest period that is granted to employees in business as well as industry; how this tradition came to be goes back to the late 19th century in a place called Stoughton, Wisconsin with the wives of those who happen to be immigrants who are Norwegian. Every year, the city celebrates its own Stoughton Coffee Break Festival; Soon, the term would become subsequently popular through the courtesy of an ad campaign by the Pan-American Coffee Bureau, urging customers to “Give yourself a Coffee Break-and Get What Coffee Gives to You”. A behavioral psychologist by the name of John B. Watson, who would later on in his career work for Maxwell House, would help to make popular within the American culture the coffee break.
Now, here is how a coffee break works: at the end of the first third of the work shift, one only gets a coffee break for just 10 to 20 minutes; the coffee break may be stretched to an hour in some companies and civil services, while in other places, people may take a coffee break outside, depending on the weather, with an outdoor caterer providing a cart that is filled with hot and cold beverages as well as cakes, bread, and pastries. Meanwhile, people could take any break from work, hence the phrase, “coffee break”.
And so, all of you java nerds out there can take a very special coffee break, because “International Coffee Day” is on September 29th!