In Colonial times, people in this country were tea drinkers. This country was also a cash cow for the British monarchy. We exported timber–remember, wood was the main building material in that time. Ships were made of wood as were armaments and houses and wagon wheels. We exported salted fish from our rich waters–Europe had eaten its way through ocean and lake stock as well as its forests. We exported tobacco which became the rage in Europe. We kept sending our riches to Britain and in addition, Britain taxed us on everything. Taxes on tea got so high, that the people rebelled. Remember the slogan from history: “No taxation without representation.”
In other words, we had no say about what was taxed or how much. We were a British colony. The Boston Tea Party changed that. In a rebellious move, British ships were attacked in Boston Harbor and their holds were emptied of tea chests which were thrown into Boston Harbor. So, we all started drinking coffee instead of tea. (The Revolution started along about this time, too.)
Coffee is still popular today and not without reason. It gets us started on our day. It’s not all bad news, research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia, fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes. As is that’s not enough, green coffee bean extract has been touted for weight loss.