Coffee and Capitalism

By Kara Johnson


There is nothing quite like waking up in the morning and having your first fresh cup of coffee. Something as simple as that can help make the world go round, and it’s everywhere. People from all around the country enjoy their coffee, especially their favorite specialty drinks. Whether you’re in an airport or walk into a local coffee shop or even a Starbucks, it’s a guarantee that most customers are waiting to have their triple grande, nonfat, vanilla latte, or their first taste of a pumpkin spice latte. Coffee is joy in a cup, and it’s one of the most consumed items in a capitalist society. We don’t hear it often, but without capitalism, we don’t have good coffee. But how can that be when coffee beans are from all over the world? While this is true, there are many countries that might not enjoy the $5 drink from Starbucks you just purchased this morning that makes your coffee extra delicious. The free market is what allows for the coffee business and Americans to thrive truly. 

Did you know the coffee industry alone has provided approximately 1,694,710 jobs in the U.S.? The total economic impact from the coffee industry is an estimated $225.2 billion. The coffee industry comprises up to 1.6% of the total U.S. gross domestic product. 1 Coffee helps you go through the day, and it also helps power the economy. It’s a simple thing, but it goes a long way from creating jobs to generating tax dollars. The industry as a whole is what makes the free market in America successful. Places like Starbucks and Dunkin’, leading companies in the world, are the perfect example of what it looks like to build a business and become successful under capitalism.

Starbucks began as a small coffee shop in Seattle but worked its way up to become one of the most famous coffee shops worldwide. This wasn’t done under pure coincidence, but it was done with a passion for coffee, hard work, and determination by three college students who desired to make good quality coffee for consumers. 2 With Starbucks as the leader, this made way for entrepreneurs to start their local coffee shops, which creates more jobs and, in return, helps the American economy. Now, thousands of coffee shops from all over the nation take part in helping millions of Americans get their daily fuel or favorite seasonal drink. These local and big chain coffee shops help pave the way for future dreamers and entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and work hard with their daily cup of joe. 

America thrives on coffee, and coffee thrives on Americans. It’s a plant that helps the world move forward, and teaches us the impact capitalism has on society. When you’re waiting for your specialty drink before work tomorrow, remember that good coffee would be hard to find without the free market economy. Don’t forget the significant impact one coffee shop has made on the entire economy by making dreams happen, creating jobs, etc. Coffee has made a large impact on the world and is a leading example of what it looks like to thrive in a free market society. 

About Kara

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Kara's Blog: Black Coffee at Midnight

Kara Johnson finished her Bachelor's degree in Communications at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane in 2014. Since then, she has become a firm defender of truth, faith, capitalism, and patriotism. Her fight for American policies is evident throughout her writing and online presence. She is a contributing writer for The Rogue Review and The Human Defense Initiative, while also working to consistently update her personal blog Black Coffee At Midnight about faith, issues, and life's journey.

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