Coffee and doughnuts is a common food and drink pairing in popular cultures. The pairing is often consumed as a simple breakfast, and is often consumed in doughnut shops. The pairing may also be served and consumed as a refreshment. Coffee breaks are sometimes taken as a work break during the mid-morning or mid-afternoon “to consume coffee and doughnuts (or rolls).” In 1989 Harry Balzer, the chief industry analyst of the market research company NPD Group, stated that in the United States, 41–42% of all breakfasts included coffee and that 14.2% of all breakfasts included a doughnut.
Coffee and doughnuts are sometimes provided as a part of events and fundraisers for various organizations, charities, groups and companies.
Some companies use the phrase “coffee and doughnuts” in their business name, such as Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts in Los Angeles, California. Krispy Kreme has provided free coffee and doughnuts in commemoration of National Coffee Day, and other companies have offered discounts or special offers in commemoration of the day. Tim Hortons is a Canadian multinational fast casual restaurant chain known for its coffee and doughnuts.
In September 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts, a doughnut and coffee shop chain, announced plans to move forward with a delivery program that includes delivery of coffee, doughnuts and other foods, to begin sometime in 2016. The delivery program is devised to use a mobile application for ordering products, and will be launched when the company updates its mobile application. The program was under consideration in June 2015. The New York Post reported that this was done in efforts to increase competition with Starbucks Coffee.
Coffee and doughnuts provide caffeine and glucose, along with other substances and nutrients. A study performed at the University of Barcelona in Spain and published in Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental reported that the combination of caffeine and glucose can contribute to increased attention and memory.
In March 2013, it was reported that U.S. taxpayer money was funding the consumption of coffee, doughnuts, and other foods by U.S. lawmakers. Coffee and doughnuts are commonly served at twelve-step meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
The English slang language terms “coffee-and” and “coffee-an” have been used in the 20th century as a noun to denote a cup of coffee and cakes or doughnuts, such as that being the most affordable meal available in a diner or café. As an adjective, the term “coffee-and” was used in the 1930s relating to money, as in “just enough to buy coffee and doughnuts”, and in the 20th century as a term referring to things that are “cheap, minimal” or “second rate”.
The 20th century English language slang term “coffee-and-doughnut gun” can refer to a “small, relatively powerless gun”, and was also used in the 1920s as a slang term for a “a second-rate, unthreatening gangster”.
Coffee and doughnuts being served to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in front of the capitol from one of the new Red Cross mobile canteens, June 1942