Before coffee became popular in the United States, the breakfast drink of choice was cider or beer, even for children. A typical pre-1900s breakfast was a bowl of plain porridge with a cup of beer or cider, along with a little meat or fruit if the family was particularly well off. However, that all changed when coffee became popular in the U.S. after the Civil War; many Americans now drink three or more cups a day.
More facts about breakfast drinks:
- Coffee and tea are among the most popular breakfast beverages world wide, but the way they are served varies greatly. For instance, tea is served with milk and sugar in the United Kingdom, with fermented yak butter in Tibet and Nepal and mixed with spices in India. Coffee varies too — for instance, those in Iceland might brew it with cumin seeds, and Australians might have a Wattleccino™, a coffee flavored with acacia flowers.
- In China, one of the most common breakfast drinks is hot soymilk. The drink can be served sweet or salty, and it can include things such as ginger or dried shrimp.
- Fruit juices are the most popular cold breakfast drink in the world, with orange juice topping the list.