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The Chicago Traveler

Chicago Loves Caffeine

by Matt B on November 7th, 2007

coffeeDo I seem jittery to you? Or maybe a little too energetic? I don't think I'm really that energetic at all, just the right amount of energy because if you have too much energy that can be really bad for you because you'd crash and burn before the day was really over but then again you'd probably get a lot done and your house could end up cleaner faster than usual and typing faster would definitely come in handy I think especially for me anyway because of all the typing I have to do in a day typing up various things about Chicago and if I typed faster I'd be finished sooner and I'd have more time to go out and run errands and explore the city and find even more things to type about like how Chicago was found to be one of the most caffeinated cities in the country and in fact it is the most caffeinated which is surprising because you'd think it would be Seattle with all their coffee and all but it turns out that while Seattle residents drink the most coffee Chicago consumes the most caffeine through coffee, tea, candy bars, sodas, energy drinks….

*takes a deep breath*

Yes, according to a recent survey, Chicagoans are the most caffeinated people in the United States. While Seattle took the top spot in coffee consumption, we here in Chicago eat more chocolate and drink more pick-me-up beverages than anyone else.

chocolateThe rest of the top five most caffeinated cities are Tampa, FL; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; and Atlanta, GA. Who's consuming the least caffeine? San Francisco, CA; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Detroit, MI; and Baltimore, MD. This is a bit of a surprise to me, because cities like San Francisco and New York, with all their famed hustle and bustle, actually came out on the low end of the spectrum.

The survey looked at consumption of coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, tea, sodas, and caffeine pills in 20 major cities in the U.S. Half of all people questioned said they drink coffee every day, followed by 21 percent who drank caffeinated cola. However, perhaps in denial, more than 70 percent of people questioned said they were not addicted to caffeine.

colaThe study was an eye-opening look at cultural views, considering drinks and food with caffeine have become an integral part of pop culture. Coffee has become the social beverage of choice, and businesses like Starbucks have made high-end coffees (mochas, cappuccinos, lattes, etc) much more accessible to the public. Energy drinks have become increasingly popular. Even tea, while celebrated for its health benefits, can have just as much caffeine as coffee.

I will admit that I have one or two cups of coffee every weekday to help me wake up. Now that I think about it, there are three different coffeemakers in my apartment. (A traditional coffeepot, a single-cup brewer, and an espresso machine that I don't know how to operate.) While I've been trying to limit my sugar intake, I haven't been paying attention to how much caffeine I consume. Several people say that coffee would be the most difficult caffeine product to give up. What about you? What would be most difficult to go without: coffee, tea, soda, or chocolate?

Photo credit: (c/o SXC) Alicja Michalik, Mateusz Atroszko, Jasper Greek Golangco

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