Exploring the Caffeine Habits of Commanders-in-Chief

Exploring the Caffeine Habits of Commanders-in-Chief

In the high-pressure environment of the Oval Office, many U.S. presidents have enjoyed coffee as a daily beverage.  Throughout American history, presidents have varied in their consumption, but one commander-in-chief stands out as having possibly consumed the most coffee: Theodore Roosevelt.

1. The most caffeinated? Theodore Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt was an avid coffee drinker. He reportedly consumed several cups of coffee each day, finding solace and stimulation in its rich flavor and energizing effects. While historians may debate the finer points of his policies and politics, one thing remains undisputed: Theodore Roosevelt, the man who famously said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," also knew how to brew a mean cup of coffee.

2. Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, was also a coffee enthusiast. He is said to have had a special coffee machine installed at Monticello, his Virginia plantation, where he experimented with various brewing methods. 

3. John F. Kennedy: President John F. Kennedy was known to start his day with several cups of coffee. He even had a special blend created for the White House, known as "Kennedy Blend."

4. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Another Roosevelt on the list, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, enjoyed his coffee as well. He often had a cup of coffee with breakfast and during meetings. In fact, The White House staff would roast the beans themselves in the kitchen. “A coffee maker was placed on the President’s breakfast tray so that he could regulate the brewing to his satisfaction,” noted the 1968 book, “The Presidents’ Cookbook.”

During Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, coffee rationing became a stark reality for Americans during World War II. With supply shortages and disruptions affecting the availability of coffee beans, individuals were faced with strict rationing measures that limited their access to this beloved beverage. This resulted in creative methods like using recycled coffee grounds to make diluted versions of the drink, playfully called 'Roosevelt coffee' as a nod to the president.

 

Cheers to good company and the enduring power of this beloved brew!


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