Benefits of coffee spill into a necessity for students


Alexandra Der Boghosian

Coffee has benefited many students by allowig them to stay focused in school and be more productive.

Alexandra Der Boghosian, Yearbook Section Editor

Coffee. It’s on desks, in someone’s hand and pretty much everywhere in the mornings. No matter how tempting the scent is, coffee has the ability to attract people, serving as the essential morning “booster” for practically everyone.

And while some high school students may also feel that coffee is a necessity, schools aren’t providing students with caffeinated beverages. That’s why many students, myself included, believe coffee should be sold in schools in vending machines. The by-product would be amazing: students paying attention in class, improved testing scores, and for teachers, the  benefit of teaching an attentive class.

Coffee is an essential to many students; it lightens up one’s mood and delivers a cozy, warm feeling like Grandma’s hot chocolate on a snowy day. There’s just a special connection made with coffee. To me, coffee makes all the stress and stomach aches of school go away, bringing joy when you can finally sit down and get your work done.

Besides being flavorful, coffee has inspired students to getting assignments done. Many students note the fact that college campuses often have a coffee shop of some sort, so why don’t high schools provide the same privileges?

Nearly 73 percent of students in the U.S. drink a form of caffeinated beverage a day. Coffee is second on the charts, with soda topping it off. So if 73 percent of students drink coffee in their everyday lives, why isn’t it sold in schools?

While the state of California bans the sale of caffeinated beverages in high schools, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition policies allow caffeinated beverages on high school campus. Other states follow the USDA guidelines and allow caffeinated drinks in high schools.

In Middletown High School, Maryland, coffee was sold in their school for about two weeks in the cafeteria. However, sales were stopped when the school administration realized they were selling caffeinated drinks to students, which they believed negatively impact the student learning environment and caused a loss of students’ ability to focus in class.

East High School in Iowa, however, opened a coffee shop in school that was run by the students to fundraise for school activities, additionally benefitting the students’ classroom enrichment. According to the  Washington Times, the East Daily Grind opened a month ago, and results showed increased productivity through homework assignments and projects. Furthermore, with students gaining these benefits, they are feeling more appreciated that the school addressed their concerns to build a coffee shop.

Coffee is like Netflix. You say will only watch one episode but end up finishing the show. Coffee is known to help decrease the risk of depression and can “lift your mood,” according to Very Well Mind. So while high schools outside California are enjoying warm caffeinated drinks sold in their schools, high school students in California dream of the day coffee is sold in schools.