Sunday, January 20th is National Coffee Break Day and while many of us will be spending the long weekend with our families and friends, it’s never too late to celebrate! Surprise your co-workers on Tuesday with fresh brewed coffee, pastries or fruit and take a few extra moments to celebrate.
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Just Where Did the Coffee Break Come From?
The coffee break allegedly originated in the late 19th century in Stoughton, Wisconsin with the wives of Norwegian immigrants. In 1951, Time noted that “since the war, the coffee break has been written into union contracts”. The term “coffee break” subsequently became popular through a Pan-American Coffee Bureau ad campaign of 1952 which urged consumers, “Give yourself a Coffee-Break – and Get What Coffee Gives to You.”
John B. Watson, a behavioral psychologist who worked with Maxwell House later in his career, helped to popularize coffee breaks within American culture.