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The latest buzz: Tomorrow is National Coffee Day!

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National Coffee Day is tomorrow, Sept. 29, and according to a new survey commissioned by Dunkin’ Donuts and, a cuppa Joe helps keep the nation’s workforce—particularly younger workers—buzzing through the workday.

Thirty-two percent of workers polled said they need coffee to get through the workday. Forty-three percent of coffee drinkers reported they’re less productive if they don’t drink coffee on the job.

According to the survey, these professions most need a caffeine jolt to make it through the workday:

  1. Nurses
  2. Physicians
  3. Hotel workers
  4. Designers/architects
  5. Financial/insurance sales representatives
  6. Food preparers
  7. Engineers
  8. Teachers
  9. Marketing/public relations professionals
  10. Scientists

How does coffee fit into people’s “daily grind” in the workplace?

Working people need coffee to perk up. More than two-in-five American workers claim they are less productive without coffee. Geographically, workers in the Northeast stated they are the most dependent on coffee, with 48% claiming they are less productive without coffee. In the South, only 45% count on a coffee break, followed closely by Western workers (44%) and more distantly by those mellow Midwesterners (34%).

Younger workers more dependent on a coffee fix. Forty percent of American workers aged 18 to 24 admit they can’t concentrate as well without coffee. Forty-three percent of younger workers said their energy flags if they don’t drink coffee.

Keep the refills coming. Thirty-seven percent of American workers drink two or more cups of coffee during their workday.

Convenience matters. Seventy-five percent of American workers who buy coffee during the workday only travel a quarter mile or less for their daily brew.

Coffee equals congratulations? Twenty-four percent of American workers age 18 to 34 buy a coffee to treat themselves for a job well done.

The survey polled more than 3,600 workers nationwide.

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