^ "Stoughton, WI – Where the Coffee Break Originated". www.stoughtonwi.com. Stoughton, Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2009. Mr. Osmund Gunderson decided to ask the Norwegian wives, who lived just up the hill from his warehouse, if they would come and help him sort the tobacco. The women agreed, as long as they could have a break in the morning and another in the afternoon, to go home and tend to their chores. Of course, this also meant they were free to have a cup of coffee from the pot that was always hot on the stove. Mr. Gunderson agreed and with this simple habit, the coffee break was born.
In 2012, the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study analysed the relationship between coffee drinking and mortality. They found that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower risk of death, and that those who drank any coffee lived longer than those who did not. However the authors noted, "whether this was a causal or associational finding cannot be determined from our data."[146] A 2014 meta-analysis found that coffee consumption (4 cups/day) was inversely associated with all-cause mortality (a 16% lower risk), as well as cardiovascular disease mortality specifically (a 21% lower risk from drinking 3 cups/day), but not with cancer mortality.[147] Additional meta-analysis studies corroborated these findings, showing that higher coffee consumption (2–4 cups per day) was associated with a reduced risk of death by all disease causes.[148][149] An association of coffee drinking with reduced risk for death from various sources was confirmed by a widely cited prospective cohort study of ten European countries in 2017.[150]
Though this iconic invention has been around since the turn of the 20th century, saving space never goes out of style! Make the most of your square footage with this versatile Murphy bed, a convertible design that lets you transform any room in your home into a guest room at a moment’s notice. Crafted in Canada from composite wood in a neutral finish, this budget-friendly piece masquerades as a four-door cabinet until it folds out to accommodate 11" mattresses (not included).
We gave up our coffee table about three years after my husband required a walker after back surgery and we needed the ‘room’. Result: our family room seemed to lose it’s center….and even with side tables for drinks…there wasn’t even parking space for a popcorn bowl or appetizers during movie night. Back with one four feet long and two feet wide…will never let it go again!

Rattan also called Wicker is a good choice for patio furniture. They are also preferred for home furniture for their tranquility feature. The upper part of the tables smooth, making it easy to place things over the table without toppling. The color shades of the wicker make the furniture look unique from rest of the other stuff. Mostly rattan tables are found in gazebos or in open lounges.
The sleek and circular Southern Enterprises Jaymes Metal / Glass Round Cocktail Table is available in finish options, allowing you to find the right look for your living room. This round cocktail table features a clear tempered glass top and lower shelf for twice the display space. At 36-inches across, this cocktail table is scaled to look great in front of any sofa or sectional.
You begin to put down your tea. It’s cold now anyway – the kids didn’t go off to play as you would have hoped and, during the time that you diffused a stubborn conflict over nothing in particular, your brew edged from hot to stone cold. I deviate. You may not even have children and your tea might still be piping. (If this is the case, i’m a little jealous). The point is; you aim to place the tea somewhere, to free up both hands, and – shock horror – there’s nowhere to put it. No coffee table, no side table, NO TABLE. Just sofa. And floor. And you’re the sophisticated type after all…
Shabby chic is similar to farmhouse but differs in the lightness of woods used and often in the inherent femininity or “flea market chic” sense of style. Brought to popularity by Rachel Ashwell in the 1980’s, the style features pleasantly old and slightly mismatched furniture, usually in some variation of white or very soft colors. Faux patinas are usually given to wood furniture, making this an easy style to replicate for DIY’ers.
I’ve sifted through thousands of contemporary coffee tables on offer, to find you the very best available at a range of price points. There are even some cheeky sale buys! After all, it’s not always about what you spend, it’s about choosing the right products and how you dress and style them (more of that in another post). Ultimately, a coffee table allows to you integrate style on a lower level within your space. It’s a central focal point within a grouping of furniture – something to use and admire.
A family room needs a sturdier coffee table. You may also want to look for one that has storage options, like drawers. The surface should be able to take abuse because spilled snacks or feet on the table are more common in casual settings. Glass tops are generally not suitable for family rooms, not just because of fragility, but finger marks and scratches too. For glass-tops without frames, there is the danger of sharp corners, especially when you have small children.
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To say that the glass arrived safely would be a gross understatement and not nearly respectful enough considering the care and packaging that went into shipping this ~80lb piece of tempered glass. Not only was this amazingly easy to order, it was finished exactly as I requested and it fits perfectly. Thank you very much and please consider me one of your new unpaid field sales people.
And while West Elm delivers all over the continental US — at not inconsiderate expense — its brand is rooted in urban areas. Its stores are largely located in cities; its newly designed flagship is in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, the Valhalla of thirty- and fortysomething New Yorkers just settling into bourgeois adulthood. The prime West Elm demo, according to one advertising agency, is the HENRY: high earners not rich yet. People who’ve been in the workforce long enough to pull in larger salaries, potentially partnered with someone with an equally sizable salary, but still paying off loans, figuring out saving, realizing they can do things like drop a grand on an item of furniture, even if they don’t own a house.
Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. The genus Coffea is native to tropical Africa (specifically having its origin in Ethiopia and Sudan) and Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, and Réunion in the Indian Ocean.[2] Coffee plants are now cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent, and Africa. The two most commonly grown are C. arabica and C. robusta. Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds (referred to as "beans") are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and then brewed with near-boiling water to produce the beverage known as coffee.
In 2016, Oregon State University entomologist George Poinar, Jr. announced the discovery of a new plant species that's a 45-million-year-old relative of coffee found in amber. Named Strychnos electri, after the Greek word for amber (electron), the flowers represent the first-ever fossils of an asterid, which is a clade of flowering plants that not only later gave us coffee, but also sunflowers, peppers, potatoes, mint – and deadly poisons.[53]
The concept of fair trade labeling, which guarantees coffee growers a negotiated preharvest price, began in the late 1980s with the Max Havelaar Foundation's labeling program in the Netherlands. In 2004, 24,222 metric tons (of 7,050,000 produced worldwide) were fair trade; in 2005, 33,991 metric tons out of 6,685,000 were fair trade, an increase from 0.34% to 0.51%.[217][218] A number of fair trade impact studies have shown that fair trade coffee produces a mixed impact on the communities that grow it. Many studies are skeptical about fair trade, reporting that it often worsens the bargaining power of those who are not part of it. Coffee was incorporated into the fair-trade movement in 1988, when the Max Havelaar mark was introduced in the Netherlands. The very first fair-trade coffee was an effort to import a Guatemalan coffee into Europe as "Indio Solidarity Coffee".[219]
Glass thicknesses are shown as a Nominal Thickness, meaning “in name only”, used solely for identification. These are commonly listed as 1/8″, 5/32″, 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″. The nominal size may not match the exact thickness but will be within the acceptable industry-wide thickness range and can correspond to a large number of highly standardized dimensions and tolerances.

Other stores have aped the success of West Elm, which is currently poised to become a $2 billion brand and has recently buoyed parent company Williams-Sonoma, whose other brands (Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma) have struggled post-recession. Some of its imitators, like Joybird, have doubled down on the mid-century modern aesthetic, added free shipping, and advertised like crazy on Facebook, effectively positioning themselves as a West Elm alternative; several respondents named it (or “that fake mid-century modern company whose ads are all over Facebook") as where they’d likely purchase their next large-ticket item.
Hanging from great heights or simply hovering above your kitchen island for useful illumination, pendant lights make a statement in any decor. Take this one for example: Reminiscent of a drop of water, this streamlined mini piece brings a splash of contemporary style as it illuminates your home. Its polished chrome finish contributes to its sleek look, while its adjustable wire lets you customize its height to fit your space perfectly. Plus, the glass shade diffuses light from an included 20 W...
The High Street and online retailers have some gorgeous contemporary coffee tables on offer – from ’60s replica pieces to fresh, post-Postmodern designs. The key is to know what to look for and luckily, I’ve compiled a carefully curated, thoroughly researched, expert edit below for your enjoyment. And if you’re still pining over that pair of shoes or decided to sack it all off and go see Ed, then so be it. At least I’ve tried.
All of this analysis is, of course, centered on a very specific swath of young people. When we talk about the “average” millennial, or what they’re “likely” to do, we’re talking about privileged (and mostly white) 20- and 30-year-olds who grew up in middle-class households, are middle-class themselves, and graduated from college. That specific “millennial” attitude toward furniture is deeply intertwined with middle-class attitudes toward consumption and capital.

The American Birding Association, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center,[76] National Arbor Day Foundation,[77] and the Rainforest Alliance have led a campaign for 'shade-grown' and organic coffees, which can be sustainably harvested.[citation needed] Shaded coffee cultivation systems show greater biodiversity than full-sun systems, and those more distant from continuous forest compare rather poorly to undisturbed native forest in terms of habitat value for some bird species.[78][79]
But wait! This is a water-based finish, and walnut grain has a tendency to raise up when it becomes moist. So apply a fine mist of water to the wood surfaces you want to finish with a spray bottle. Wait 15 minutes and feel the wood. Chances are it won't feel smooth anymore. The wood grain became moist, expanded, and raised up out of the surface. If you sand the surface again now, you'll sand off the grain that raised up, and there shouldn't be any more grain to raise up when the wood gets wet! To be safe, wait until the wood dries, and repeat this process. There shouldn't be much grain which rises up, and the surface should be smooth after this step.
Give your living room an air of modern sophistication with the Belham Living Bradley Round Copper Coffee Table. Featuring a versatile copper-finish, this coffee table will look gorgeous next to a range of decor styles. The coffee table's mirrored table top surface adds a touch of refined aesthetic flair, sure to impress friends and family alike. As beautiful as it is sturdy, this piece boasts a base crafted from premium metal to ensure the coffee table will maintain its integrity throughout the years. Attention to the small details, stylish ...
Create a focal point of interest for your living room with a glass coffee table from Crate and Barrel. Contemporary and stylish, our glass tables stand out in your space. Browse our wide range of glass tables to find a style that complements your existing decor. We offer coffee tables in round, rectangular, square and parsons designs. We also have beautiful glass side and console tables as well as outdoor coffee tables with glass tops. Shop our selection of glass coffee tables.
Industrial design makes use of materials common around the turn-of-the-century, notably exposed brick, distressed wood in natural stains, and exposed steel or other metal. This can be a really eye-catching design style and even if you live in an apartment and can’t reveal exposed beams or put up an exposed brick wall, an industrial table made from metal and wood can be a great way to add your own personal spin to your home.

The American coffeehouse chain Starbucks, which began as a modest business roasting and selling coffee beans in 1971, was founded by three college students, Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl. The first store opened on March 30, 1971 at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, followed by a second and third over the next two years.[198] Entrepreneur Howard Schultz joined the company in 1982 as Director of Retail Operations and Marketing, and pushed to sell premade espresso coffee. The others were reluctant, but Schultz opened Il Giornale in Seattle in April 1986.[199] He bought the other owners out in March 1987 and pushed on with plans to expand—from 1987 to the end of 1991, the chain (rebranded from Il Giornale to Starbucks) expanded to over 100 outlets.[200] The company has 25,000 stores in over 75 countries worldwide.[201]


Of course, when choosing the right coffee table for you or your family, you should consider your lifestyle. Do you need a piece with a lot of storage? Consider a storage piece. Are you one to play board games in the living room constantly? Make sure it's a comfortable piece to gather around. Do you have a tendency to put your feet up on the coffee table when watching TV? Maybe an ottoman is a better option for you. As for coffee tables that are kid-friendly, opt for a piece that has no sharp edges and isn't made of glass.
This mid-century inspired Otto Coffee Table is the perfect pick for your living room or den ensemble. Its base features four legs connected at the center, while the top complements in geometric fashion with a curved oval silhouette. The top shelf is tempered glass which accentuated the lacquered lower shelf in a shiny white. It's finished in gold making it classic and neutral enough to work in any space.
Seating ensemble feeling empty? Try a coffee table! Not only do they anchor your space, but they offer room to stage a display and serve up trays of treats when you find yourself entertaining. This one, for example, features a wrought iron frame founded atop four turned legs connected by curving supports. A clear glass top levels out the look, and provides the perfect perch. Measures 20'' H x 50'' L x 30'' W.
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