The coffee table. So functional, so often an afterthought. It holds our drinks, remote controls, beloved tech devices, treasured trinkets, and, for better or worse, our take-out dinners at the end of a long day. With such a big, diverse job, you’d surmise that it would be one of the first furniture pieces you thought about when moving into a new place and/or re-decorating…except it’s usually not.
^ "The Coffee break". npr.org. December 2, 2002. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2009. Wherever the coffee break originated, Stamberg says, it may not actually have been called a coffee break until 1952. That year, a Pan-American Coffee Bureau ad campaign urged consumers, 'Give yourself a Coffee-Break – and Get What Coffee Gives to You.'
Siasos, G.; Oikonomou, E.; Chrysohoou, C.; Tousoulis, D.; Panagiotakos, D.; Zaromitidou, M.; Zisimos, K.; Kokkou, E.; Marinos, G.; Papavassiliou, A. G.; Pitsavos, C.; Stefanadis, C. (2013). "Consumption of a boiled Greek type of coffee is associated with improved endothelial function: The Ikaria Study". Vascular Medicine. 18 (2): 55–62. doi:10.1177/1358863X13480258. PMID 23509088.
The coffee break originated in the late 19th century in Stoughton, Wisconsin, with the wives of Norwegian immigrants. The city celebrates this every year with the Stoughton Coffee Break Festival.[204] In 1951, Time noted that "[s]ince the war, the coffee break has been written into union contracts".[205] The term subsequently became popular through a Pan-American Coffee Bureau ad campaign of 1952 which urged consumers, "Give yourself a Coffee-Break – and Get What Coffee Gives to You."[206] John B. Watson, a behavioral psychologist who worked with Maxwell House later in his career, helped to popularize coffee breaks within the American culture.[207] Coffee breaks usually last from 10 to 20 minutes and frequently occur at the end of the first third of the work shift. In some companies and some civil service, the coffee break may be observed formally at a set hour. In some places, a cart with hot and cold beverages and cakes, breads and pastries arrives at the same time morning and afternoon, an employer may contract with an outside caterer for daily service, or coffee breaks may take place away from the actual work-area in a designated cafeteria or tea room. More generally, the phrase "coffee break" has also come to denote any break from work.
When more courses are being served, place settings may become more elaborate and cutlery more specialised. Examples include fruit spoon or fruit knife, cheese knife, and pastry fork. Other types of cutlery, such as boning forks, were used when formal meals included dishes that have since become less common. Carving knives and forks are used to carve roasts at the table.
Depending on the color of the roasted beans as perceived by the human eye, they will be labeled as light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark, or very dark. A more accurate method of discerning the degree of roast involves measuring the reflected light from roasted seeds illuminated with a light source in the near-infrared spectrum. This elaborate light meter uses a process known as spectroscopy to return a number that consistently indicates the roasted coffee's relative degree of roast or flavor development.
An Asian coffee known as kopi luwak undergoes a peculiar process made from coffee berries eaten by the Asian palm civet, passing through its digestive tract, with the beans eventually harvested from feces. Coffee brewed from this process[89] is among the most expensive in the world, with bean prices reaching $160 per pound[90] or $30 per brewed cup.[91] Kopi luwak coffee is said to have uniquely rich, slightly smoky aroma and flavor with hints of chocolate, resulting from the action of digestive enzymes breaking down bean proteins to facilitate partial fermentation.[89][91]
Some very early tables were made and used by the Egyptians, and were little more than stone platforms used to keep objects off the floor. They were not used for seating people. Food and drinks were usually put on large plates deposed on a pedestal for eating. The Egyptians made use of various small tables and elevated playing boards. The Chinese also created very early tables in order to pursue the arts of writing and painting.
Mr. Rosha could hardly blame the hosts, “a really nice, older couple,” in the affluent suburb of Minnetonka, Minn. In fact, these neighbors were almost surrogate grandparents to Uri, who was then 16 months old and just learning to walk. Their warm reception had made it easier for Mr. Rosha and his wife, Jaehee Moon, to leave what he calls the “Jewish lands” of Manhattan and Tel Aviv for a job in the Midwest.

I unclamped the top.  It wasn’t as sturdy as I hoped.  However,  I only needed it to stay together while I screwed the skirt to  it.  I flipped over the top.  I then flipped all the joined legs and skirt upside down and placed the works on top of the table top.  Once centered, I traced the skirt and legs on the underside of the table top.  I moved everything over and ran glue around the marked areas of the top.  I then placed the skirt and legs back in place.  I proceeded to to screw pocket screws around the perimeter, zigzagging from side to side to help it from wiggling out of place while I worked.  The block end of the legs added much needed stability to the mitered corners of the top.  Reluctantly I shot one or two nails in each of the corners of the top to keep them from separating while everything dried.  The basic table was done.
Apart from the cosy fireplace in the house, the main focal point of any living room happens to be the coffee table. This particular type of table is said to be the descendant of the popular European tea table which is usually placed before a sofa and is meant to hold the knick-knacks and magazines along with the coffee cups. These days you can find them in a large varieties such as the elaborately carved wooden ones, or the ones made of glass and chrome, or even the ones in wicker and bamboo.

Anchor your living room look with space to stage glossy magazines and potted succulents with this two-piece coffee table set. This set features two pieces, offering the same look in two different sizes. Founded atop a geometric base with slanted legs meeting at a hexagonal bottom. Each top showcases a glass insert and a circular silhouette, an elegant contrast.
Blending architectural details and sleek finishes, this sleek coffee table rounds out any seating ensemble with eye-catching glamorous contemporary style. Crafted from a wrought iron base with a polished chrome finish, this piece strikes an abstract X-frame silhouette for a striking modern look. The tempered glass surface is supported by a black ring founded on the legs for an additional chic touch. Measuring 19'' H x 35.5'' L x 35.5'' W, this piece is perfect for larger living rooms. 

To begin- I would expect to pay more for just the slab of glass that makes up the top portion of this table. I have been putting together A LOT of furniture as I just moved and THIS piece was a breeze to assemble. Everything was in tact- the instructions were pretty straight forward and the table was constructed in about 15-20 minutes. The box is quite heavy so that is a consideration if you need to carry it far once it makes it to your doorstep. 

Any suggestions for coffee tables for homes with small children? I have a nine month old son who is pulling up and crawling. We just moved and I bought a new sectional sofa but don’t have a coffee table yet. Our old furniture is in the basement living area. I recently bought a marble and brass side table that I loved, but I had to move it out of the living room because my son almost knocked it over and tried to pull up on it. Should I just get used to the idea of not having a coffee table until he is older or should I look for something with rounded corners and heavy enough that he can pull up on it without knocking it over?
11 of copies of both parts need to be laser cut out of 3mm plywood and then assemble them to make sure they fit correctly. Once you are happy, take the matrix apart again and spray it white to improve the reflective characteristics of the table. When dry put them back together again and place them over the LEDs. It might be a bit harder to fit them together after spraying as they are now a bit thicker but don't worry just gently tap them into place before you put the matrix into the table.
Perfect for the host or hostess who’s short on square footage, this coffee table set includes one larger table and one smaller table that provide space to spread out snacks or set down cocktails when you have company. Once guests are gone, just tuck the smaller piece under its companion to reclaim your floor space. Crafted with a steel frame in a powder-coated gold finish, each design features a circular tempered glass top that supports up to 30 lbs. Assembly is required.

A contemporary design with a chic side, this clean-lined coffee table helps update the aesthetic of your living room as it anchors your ensemble. Measuring 18.5'' H x 48'' W x 24'' D overall, this sizable piece is crafted with a metal frame and a clear tempered glass top that provides a place for a stack of magazines, a spread of snacks, and beyond. A gold finish on the base brings a glint of glamour.
Siasos, G.; Oikonomou, E.; Chrysohoou, C.; Tousoulis, D.; Panagiotakos, D.; Zaromitidou, M.; Zisimos, K.; Kokkou, E.; Marinos, G.; Papavassiliou, A. G.; Pitsavos, C.; Stefanadis, C. (2013). "Consumption of a boiled Greek type of coffee is associated with improved endothelial function: The Ikaria Study". Vascular Medicine. 18 (2): 55–62. doi:10.1177/1358863X13480258. PMID 23509088.
During all this the weather had turned and I never was able to get a sheet of ¼” ply.  I finally had a chance to trudge out but now I had to stain and finish the bottom separately.  I measured the base and cut the bottom.  After a dry fit, I applied glue and then put it back in but I used small wood screws to hold it in place.  After that it was off to the glass place.  I wanted them to fit the glass in case things had come out of square.  I almost forgot, before leaving for the glass I drilled a small hole in one corner of the bottom where it wasn’t too noticeable. A little stain hid the fresh cut hole.   A small dowel was cut to push through the hole to lift the glass.  After all, the table is for displaying small nick nacks and needs to open easily without breaking off your fingernails or gouging the top with a knife or screwdriver.    
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