Coffee Break Newsletter


The practice of the coffee break began in the defense plants during World War II. Time off for coffee gave workers a needed moment of relaxation - and a caffeine jolt. Before World War II coffee breaks in the work place were virtually unknown but by 1952 nearly 80 percent of factories and offices had introduced the practice. Coffee promoters - never ones to miss an opportunity - used ads and fliers to spread the practice beyond the workplace to hospitals, churches, parent-teacher conferences, town meetings and fund raisers of all sorts. General Dwight Eisenhower in his first presidential campaign used the coffee break idea for Operation Coffee Cup in which a coffee party introduced Ike to voters on a cheerful, intimate basis. Within a decade the phrase and the practice had become a part of our language and social life.

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Pendergrast, M., Uncommon Grounds, The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World. NY, Basic Books, 1999.