"Faith is a gift of God; do not believe that we said it was a gift of reasoning. Other religions do not say this of their faith. They only give reasoning in order to arrive at it, and yet it does not bring them to it."

- Blaise Pascal, Pensees
Why Do Americans Drink Coffee?

Because Americans believe in beverage liberty.

Gracy Olmstead writes about American coffee-drinking habits, noting that some drink what they drink as a status symbol. My $5 cafe is better than your pitiful homebrew, or words to that effect. One cultural observer says we have taken to coffee like fans of sports, picking a favorite team and arguing with others over brand names and techniques.

She also links to an article on putting butter in your coffee: "You might find it in Singapore, too, where coffee beans (usually of a lower quality) are stir-fried with butter in a wok before being strained through a filter into your cup. These morning drinks are said to provide energy throughout your day, and the same was touted about the butter coffee I was about to order — something that will not only rev up my body and mind, but keep me full all morning."

People, I tell you. If I see someone put low-fat butter in their coffee as a way to hold to some kind of diet, I may not be able to restrain myself.

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Comments on "Why Do Americans Drink Coffee?":
1. Respectabiggle - 03/27/2014 7:48 pm EDT

Nope - Full-fat butter, like Kerry Gold UNsalted, plus coconut oil. I was skeptical, too, but it's a great breakfast all by itself. Gobs of protein and calories, plus the magic of caffeine.

I know I'm probably proving your thesis by my advocacy, but it really is better thing than you'd think.

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