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With so many cafes and restaurants closing permanently or temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are making food and drinks at home more often than they were before, especially coffee. Our friends at Starbucks shared the results of a recent survey done by YouGov on behalf of Nestlé. It was conducted online between April 28 and April 29 and was based on answers from 1,443 American adults. Here are some of the survey’s most interesting trends in at-home coffee during coronavirus quarantine.
The survey found that half of American adults aged 18 and over are drinking coffee at least once every day.
Seven out of 10 people reported that they enjoy making themselves coffee at home, which makes quarantine the perfect time to learn more fun, new recipes.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said that they have perfected the art of coffee-making at home.
A third of surveyees reported making coffee at home more often now than before they were under quarantine — but hopefully they’re not drinking too much.
As important as it is to save money during quarantine and as cost-efficient as homemade coffee can be, one-third of people said they just aren’t able to replicate the freshness of the coffee they buy at a cafe or coffee shop. Millennials felt this even more so, with 51% saying they wish their homemade coffee was as fresh as what they’re used to from their favorite coffee shops.
In addition to freshness, nearly half of millennials said they miss the taste of the coffee they buy from cafes and coffee shops.
Coffee has not been immune to the recent panic buying that has occurred in the wake of quarantine regulations. One in four of those surveyed reported stockpiling coffee during their coronavirus grocery shopping.
According to survey responders, hot coffee is the most popular type of coffee being brewed at home, with 27% reporting drinking it. K-Cup pods are the second-most popular kind, at 25%, while 22% of those surveyed drink drip-brewed coffee.
Different age groups reported preferences for different types of coffee. Survey responders 55 years of age or older were most likely to report brewing drip coffee, while millennials are more likely to drink cold brews, cold coffee and espressos.
Despite all the changes that have occurred in everyday life due to the coronavirus pandemic, most people are still using the same coffee products and coffee-making methods that they were using at the beginning of the year.
While millennials do love their cold coffee, one-fourth of those surveyed reported drinking hot coffee despite not being regular drinkers beforehand (even though it’s better for you).
Breakfast across America varies by region, and that includes how people make and prepare their coffee. According to the survey, people living in the northeast region of the country were more likely to report experimenting with different techniques and preparation methods.
Although quarantine is a great time to learn new skills, people 55 years of age and older didn’t report as much experimentation with new coffee techniques and methods, with only 9% doing so.
On the other hand, 41% of millennials reported trying out new ways to make and prepare coffee while staying at home under quarantine.
If you’re one of the many people who misses the taste of their favorite doughnut chain coffee, you can make your own latte with brown sugar and caramel with this recipe from Dunkin’.
Instead of using store-bought creamers, try making your own sweet, healthy creamer at home out of almond milk and dates.
While you may be tempted to make espresso due to its strong reputation, one serving of espresso, or 1 ounce, has just under 64 milligrams of caffeine, while a serving of brewed coffee, or eight ounces, has 96 milligrams. And that’s just one of many things you may not have known about coffee.
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