Today in Food History – January 20th

    • National Coffee Break Day

      National Cheese Lovers Day

      National Butter-crunch Day

Steaming elixir
Enjoyed morning, noon or night

Coffee break with treats



The coffee break is a routine gathering for a snack and short respite for employees in business and industry sectors.   The coffee break allows employees time to step away from their work to recharge over a cup of coffee.

While coffee has been enjoyed worldwide for hundreds and hundreds of years, all things considered the concept of the “coffee break” is a relatively new development.

The coffee break allegedly originated in the late 19th century in Stoughton, Wisconsin, with the wives of Norwegian immigrants.  During the WW-II era, the war-effort factories gave the workers a brief rest and a jolt of caffeine.   By the mid-1950s, thanks to a clever advertising campaign by the Pan American Coffee Bureau, 70-80% of American workers were taking a coffee break – both factory and office workers. General Eisenhower used the coffee break idea for “Operation Coffee Cup” during his presidential campaign to meet with voters, which continued to spread the social trend of the coffee break.

These days a coffee break is considered a welcome pause from the workday.  The break  offers the workers an opportunity to relax, interact, recharge their energy and spirits  — resulting in employees being more productive and motivated.  Snacks are commonly paired and enjoyed during such breaks!

To assist you in the snack department for your coffee break — check out these scrumptious single serving recipes from  Chocolate-Covered Katie:

Single Serving Mocha Chocolate Cake
Single Serving Blueberry Muffin



© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2012

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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4 Responses to Today in Food History – January 20th

  1. zongrik says:

    i guess the coffee break is a very important part of culture and the workplace and can’t be avoided.


  2. granbee says:

    Becca, you are SUCH a temptress with those recipe links! I posted on my Facebook timeline for the benefit of my family and friends! They are no doubt bent over double with laughter at my joy in National Coffeebreak Day–I am a total coffee loving freak! I do my best writing many times in coffeeshops–go figure! Thanks for this joyful post.


  3. RJ Clarken says:

    Ummmmm…coffee! Thanks for the history and background. I learned something new today!


  4. Olive Tree says:

    Yum, yum! It’s tea break for me. :). Lovely haiku, Becca.


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