Why is Coffee so Crucial in the Pacific Northwest?

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I remember when I first moved up to the greater Seattle area to go to the University of Washington, my roommate told me that the standard piece of equipment when you’re in this part of the country is a mug of coffee.

I have to admit that when I first heard that piece of friendly advice, I had to laugh at my roommate. I was pretty incredulous. I did not know how serious he was. I thought he was being sarcastic. I thought that a little bit of irony was part of the local humor.

Boy, did I find out quickly enough that my roommate was 100% absolutely and completely correct. You have to understand that when you wake up at six in the morning and it’s overcast and raining outside, it can be quite a bit of a downer. Now, if you repeat this 300 days out of the year, then you will see the big picture.

Make no mistake about it, people move to this part of the country not because they’re in love with gloomy or outright bleak weather. Instead, it’s all about the cultural ferment of this place as well as the massive economy.

If you’re looking for a job, the Pacific Northwest is a great place for high paying jobs. In fact, this is one of the places in the country that pays some of the highest minimum wage rates. Even if you have absolutely no skills, if you find yourself on this part of the American Northwest, you are sure to land a job that will put food on the table.

For this and many other reasons, people just flock to this place, but a lot of them are taken aback by the fact that the weather really works with your mood. Seriously. It kind of undermines your mood.

So it’s very easy to get depressed, discouraged, or despondent, even if you have nothing to be sad about. It’s just the general environment. And that’s why coffee has historically been viewed as the antidote to climatic or seasonal depression in the Pacific Northwest.

If you get depressed in Florida because of the weather, forget about it. You haven’t seen anything yet. Move to this part of the woods and you would know clearly what seasonal or light deprived depression looks like. It’s serious business. So it helps to have a cup of java in your hands to pick up your spirits because you are going to need it.

Now, I don’t mean this to knock the greater Seattle, Washington area, I’m just giving you a heads up because it’s too easy to get taken in by all sorts of media portrayals of this place as a hot, happening, trendy, youthful place. While those are true, you also have to understand that it can get quite gloomy.

Now, if you want to take a break, I suggest that you move further up north to Vancouver. For some weird reason, the weather there is better, and it’s brighter, and people are more optimistic looking. You see a lot more smiles, and it’s much cleaner because it’s part of Canada.

But do yourself a big favor. If you really want to soak up all the very best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer on a culinary, cultural, economic and historical level, you have to at least spend some time in the greater Seattle and Tacoma, Washington area.