National Coffee Break Day on January 20 every year is all about highlighting the importance of a coffee break during work hours. Yes, no matter how intelligent or hard-working you are, getting drained after a few hours of work is all but natural. So, how can you re-energize yourself? Of course, you reach for your favorite cup of coffee. Every workaholic’s best friend is a coffee break, which they can’t live without. It’s also the most effective strategy to increase your energy. As a result, it is critical to commemorate National Coffee Day and the benefits it brings to employees across the United States.
History of National Coffee Break Day
A coffee break, according to the official definition, is an activity in which a person takes a short break for rest and refreshments. However, the significance of a coffee break has developed over time and has become an important aspect of the workplace.
This is due to the fact that working hours and rules were fairly strict in the 1980s. In the 1880s, Americans would frequently take a break from work and relax with a cup of coffee. They would talk with coworkers throughout this time. Personal difficulties, work-related problems, and basically anything that was on the employee’s mind at the time were discussed. In the 1900s, when the eight-hour-long workday system was adopted by factories, a coffee break became a must. Workers were also seen refueling their coffee mugs during shifts to give themselves a wake-up call.
By the 20th century, coffee breaks had become such a norm that streets of cities were flooded with coffee stands ready to serve tired workers with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
Are you wondering why a coffee break is so important? According to the National Coffee Association, coffee is rich in antioxidants that have various health benefits. A ‘coffee break,’ on the other hand, helps workers relax, become more productive, and stay motivated. Experts have even gone so far as to say that taking a coffee break is essential for maintaining business ties. It also enhances performance and increases cognitive efficiency.
National Coffee Break Day timeline
Coffee breaks become an official employee benefit.
The Pan-American Coffee Bureau launches an ad that coins the term ‘coffee break.’
“The Atlanta Constitution” publishes the article ‘Coffee Break Is More Than Goofing Off.’
The B.B.C. publishes an article where it quotes research on the value of providing free tea and coffee to workers.
National Coffee Break Day FAQs
How many national coffee days are there?
There are currently 39 countries around that have a national coffee day.
What month is Coffee Month?
August is recognized as National Coffee Month.
What day is National Starbucks day?
National Starbucks Day is celebrated every September 29.
National Coffee Break Day Activities
Grab a coffee with your work pals
On this day, step out of the office to grab a coffee with your work pals. Even if you like to sip on your coffee alone, change up your routine today and bond with your coworkers.
Talk about the benefits
Some people are unaware of the numerous advantages of coffee. Make the most of this day by promoting those advantages on social media. Also, talk about how much coffee one requires on a regular basis.
Introduce a new coffee flavor
Tired of the coffee machine at the workplace? Treat your coworkers by bringing in a new coffee flavor to work on the National Coffee Break Day.
5 Fun Facts About Coffee Breaks
A German Tradition
‘Kaffeeklatsch’ is a German domestic tradition where people gossip around mugs of coffee.
Coffee breaks in Sweden
Coffee breaks known as ‘pika’ are enjoyed twice a day.
Workers feel appreciated
80% of U.S workers feel valued when provided with a coffee break.
The effects of coffee
A study in 2010 found that coffee makes you more alert and helps in making good decisions.
Coffee vending machines
They started being used at offices after World War II.
Why We Love National Coffee Break Day
It talks about the importance of breaks
The day is important because it highlights why coffee breaks are important for all employees and how a ten-minute break can boost their morale.
It highlights the benefits of coffee
The benefits of coffee become more apparent over the day, such as enhanced brain activity and overall vigor.
It promotes the rights of employees
The fact is, no one can work eight hours straight, and breaks in the middle of a workday are a must for all employees. It's a right they deserve.
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