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National Coffee Day is every day for some

The Local Buzz in Columbia serves a variety of coffee, dessert, and sandwiches. Customers could get a free cup of coffee with purchase of an espresso brownie in honor of National Coffee Day. The Local Buzz in Columbia serves a variety of coffee, dessert, and sandwiches. Customers could get a free cup of coffee with purchase of an espresso brownie in honor of National Coffee Day.
Barista Zoe Parajon serves up a cup of coffee at The Local Buzz. Barista Zoe Parajon serves up a cup of coffee at The Local Buzz.
Some customers ordered a specialty drink lik an iced vanilla latte while others enjoyed the house blend. Some customers ordered a specialty drink lik an iced vanilla latte while others enjoyed the house blend.
The Local Buzz is an eclectic coffee shop in the Rosewood neighborhood. The Local Buzz is an eclectic coffee shop in the Rosewood neighborhood.

By Caroline Davenport
CAROLINA REPORTER & NEWS

National Coffee Day brings with it celebration, discounts and the perfectly posed coffee mug pictures on Instagram. But for the loyal coffee lover, every day is National Coffee Day. In fact, most can’t even imagine a day without the deliciously brewed beverage. Health benefits and caffeine jolts aside, people simply love the stuff.

This can add up to be a costly habit.  

The coffee export market is estimated to be $30 billion annually, and 83% of Americans drink coffee, some three cups a day according to USA Today.

While many will flock to chain stores like Starbucks to observe this “holiday,” humble coffee shops like The Local Buzz in the Rosewood neighborhood are just as excited to sell customers a cup of joe.

So, how much does the average customer spend on coffee a year?

“We have a lot of regulars, and just based off of them, I mean some will just get their cup a day with regular coffee, but some will get lattes,"  said barista Zoe Parajon. “So if you figure a latte is five dollars, a regular cup is two… I’ll get a calculator!”

After adding up the numbers and assuming some customers could buy coffee 300 days a year, she concluded that the annual amount would be in the $700-$1,500 range. “Yeah, you spend a lot of money on coffee.”

A Money Matters survey reported that the average American spent $1,100 on coffee in 2016. To coffee fanatics worldwide though, this statistic isn’t likely to persuade anyone to change their spending habits.

“It’s a necessity, so you need it!" Parajon said.

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