• Tue, Aug 28 2012

The 15 Professions That Drink The Most Coffee


Stewert Lee Allen once said, “I think we all pray to the first cup of the day. It’s a silent prayer, sung while the mind is still foggy and blue. “O Magic Cup,” it might go, “carry me above the traffic jam. Keep me civil in the subway. And forgive my employer, as you forgive me. Amen.”

According to this infographic from CareerBuilder and Dunkin’ Donuts, 46% of all U.S. workers think they are less productive without coffee and 61% of workers have to drink two or more cups of coffee to get through the day. And did you know that the whole morning coffee ritual is the strongest in the Northeast? Who knows what those hippies in California are drinking. Probably seaweed smoothies. But what about which jobs see their employees drinking the most coffee? You would think the doctors would have to guzzle it down all day but scientists, publicists, educational administrators and editors/writers (on my first delicious cup of iced coffee as we speak) all drink more coffee.  What are the other jobs with caffeine addicted employees? And more importantly, how do they take their coffee?

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  • Lastango

    Interesting rankings, but not what I’ve seen personally. Doctors, social workers, nurses, and personal caretakers are waaay too busy and on their feet to be drinking coffee. Ditto for the skilled tradespeople. Besides, where they work the coffee is lousy. (Maybe that’s why the caretakers are adding cream and sugar. The opposite is true where the judges, lawyers, and hotel people work, so they can drink it black.)
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    Who is at the top of the consumption heap? Office workers. And for these layabouts, intake has an inverse relationship to the distance they sit from the kitchen. I’ve sat close, and I’ve sat far… close is very bad, especially if the coffee is good.
    IMO, the next biggest influencer is whether the office is a bit cold or not.
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    Don’t tell anyone, but the secret payoff for being first in at the office is that you get the first cup, and it’s steaming hot! : – )
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    One trend I find fascinating from a cultural perspective is office folk using individual packets in special coffeemakers to brew one cup at a time. I’m mostly ok with it, because it’s coming out of their own pocket and they get what they want, but somehow it seems like a last-days-of-Babylon extravagance.

  • lala

    In my experience it’s true. I’ve worked at a couple of places where I was the only PR/Marketing person and I definitely drank at least 3x as many cups of coffee as everyone else. You have to be on your toes 24/7. That, coupled with insomnia due to stress, creates an overwhelming need for 5+ cups a day. For me, at least.