Coffee Facts Friday

Inquiring minds want to know.  Why is November 26 called Black Friday?  Well Virginia, theories abound about the origin of Black Friday, but they are only theories.
Theory Number One. The day after Thanksgiving is the day when throngs of shoppers descend upon merchants, clogging the stores and streets resulting in disruption and chaos; and hence in 1966, police in Philadelphia referred to this day of snarled traffic and snarling shoppers as—Black Friday.
Theory Number 2.  Strange as it may seem dear Virginia, years ago, accountants actually tallied receipts by hand and recorded in red ink financial loss and in black ink, the profits.  Retailers geared up for the day after Thanksgiving by offering tantalizing bargains hoping the day would end “in the black.”
The truth.  Black Friday emanated from the pleas “I—need—black—coffee” heard around the country as exhausted crowds stood in long lines.  Black Coffee, rich, aromatic, invigorating black coffee is needed, no desired, to fortify oneself for hours upon hours of waiting to snap up a bargain.  Over time Virginia, “I Need Black Coffee this Friday” was abbreviated to the now familiar Black Friday.
And that’s the unmitigated truth.

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3 Responses to “Coffee Facts Friday”

  1. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    I did get a much needed chuckle from the various meanings of Black Friday. While I thought it was clearly understood that “black” referred to being on the plus side of monetary profit, I really did get a much deserved (I’m one of the Black Friday Pursuers of Bargain Shoppers) lift to the Black Coffee – “I’d like mine black, thank you,” so here again I lift my cup to Snobology for painlessly helping me think beyond the box.

  2. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    did get a much needed chuckle from the various meanings of Black Friday. While I thought it was clearly understood that “black” referred to being on the plus side of monetary profit, I really did get a much deserved (I’m one of the Black Friday Pursuers of Bargain Shoppers) lift to the Black Coffee – “I’d like mine black, thank you,” so here again I lift my cup to Snobology for painlessly helping me think beyond the box.

  3. Lynn Says:

    Katharine, we at Coffee Snobology do know you are a true coffee lover. The clue, “I like mine black, thank you.”

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