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Bobbie Jo Akenson pours a cup of coffee at Alexandria's Great Cravings. (Echo Press photo by Caroline Roers)

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Over the past 500 years, coffee has become a necessity in American culture. From cappuccinos to espressos, about 64 percent of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis, with the average drinker consuming 3.2 cups each day, according to the National Coffee Association.


Coffee is a regular part of morning routines for many people, including those in Alexandria.

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