The working world can be a harrowing place. The work-home life balance
is exceedingly complex and difficult to navigate, with many workers often requiring a daily dose of coffee to help them overcome morning and mid-day lulls.
For a majority of Americans - and their counterparts across the globe - the morning cup of coffee is as important as, well, the second cup of coffee that follows it. In its 2010 National Coffee Drinking Trends Study, the National Coffee Association concluded a whopping 56 percent of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, with consumption rates rising concurrently with age.
Moreover, a study released this week by national coffee chain Dunkin' Donuts concluded the morning cup of Joe is an essential part of many workers' lives. The Massachusetts-based company endeavored to ascertain whether workers in certain fields drank more coffee than others.
Researchers surveyed more than 4,700 workers
across the U.S., asking them about their daily coffee drinking habits. The findings indicate workers in certain professions were far more likely to state they needed coffee each day to perform optimally at their job.
Scientists and laboratory technicians, the study concluded, were most likely to assert they needed coffee to get through the workday. Marketing and public relations professionals, education administrators, editors and writers, healthcare administrators, physicians, food preparers, professors, social workers and financial professionals rounded out the top 10, according to the study.
Poll respondents were also asked how they take their coffee, how it fits into their daily routine and whether they believed coffee had helped them advance in their careers.
The study found attorneys, judges and hotel workers were most likely to take their coffee black, while human resource workers and personal caretakers were conversely more apt to add cream and sugar to their cups of Joe. Thirty-six percent of coffee drinkers between the ages of 18 and 24 said it had aided their careers, providing them an opportunity to network with coworkers.
What's more, 61 percent of those surveyed who said they drink coffee affirmed they drink two cups or more each day. Twenty-eight percent of poll respondents asserted they drink three cups or more per day.
Coffee also seems to be widely consumed in the Northeast, according to the study's findings. Forty-nine percent of workers in the region claimed they were less efficient when they did not drink coffee, compared to 47 percent of those living in the West, and 45 percent of people in the Midwest and South.
A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week corroborates the prior study's findings regarding coffee's holistic benefits.
In their report, Harvard researchers asserted they followed more than 50,000 women in the U.S. "free of depressive symptoms" between 1996 and 2006. They measured participants' coffee consumption levels through validated questionnaires, noting "clinical depression was defined as self-reported physician-diagnosed depression and antidepressant use."
The study, "Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women," ultimately concluded the risk of depression falls with increasing caffeinated coffee consumption. The researchers acknowledged further studies must be conducted to prove the findings, but many coffee drinkers can attest to its mystical power.
Dunkin' Donuts commissioned its own study as National Coffee Day is celebrated this week, according to the company's chief global customer and innovation officer, John Costello.
"National Coffee Day is the perfect time to celebrate coffee’s unique place as a staple in our daily lives," he said. "As these survey results show, coffee continues to play an increasingly important role in the workplace, helping to jumpstart people across all professions in the morning and keep them going throughout their busy workday."