Tuesday is National Coffee Day in the United States, a day to honor everyone's favorite morning beverage, whether it's taken iced, black or in Frappucino form. The average coffee drinker consumes 3.1 cups of coffee a day, and if you're among them, this is your time to celebrate.
One of the most famous origin stories about coffee involves an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi, who tried nibbling on red berries -- or coffee cherries -- when he saw his goats try them. Excited, Kaldi took them to a group of local monks, who promptly threw the beans in a fire. The aroma made other monks come running, they stewed the berries in water and news of the drink spread from there, according to the National Coffee Association USA.
Today, more than 150 million Americans drink coffee daily, and about two-thirds of all coffee is consumed in the morning. The average price for a cup comes in at $1.38, adding up to $40 billion spent by Americans on java every year, a 2010 study found.
“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” -- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.” -- Flash Rosenberg
“I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.” -- Louisa May Alcott
“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.” -- Jessi Lane Adams
“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” -- Terry Pratchett
“A cup of coffee -- real coffee -- home-browned, home ground, homemade, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for 20 blue devils and will exorcise them all.” -- Henry Ward Beecher
“An empty coffee cup is full of hope. Now there’s something worth voting for.” -- Jarod Kintz
“The fresh smell of coffee soon wafted through the apartment, the smell that separates night from day.” -- Haruki Murakami
“Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.” -- Stephanie Piro
“Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis -- a good hot cup of coffee.” -- Alexander King
“Coffee first. Schemes later.” -- Leanna Renee Hieber
“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.” -- David Lynch
“Is there anything better than coffee? Chocolate, maybe, and sex ranks very close I suppose.” -- A.R. Miller