What would Monday mornings be like without a cup of coffee? We'd rather not know. Americans have been hooked on this caffeinated concoction since colonial times; the drink skyrocketed in popularity after the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and we haven't looked back since.

There are approximately 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States, and the average coffee drinker consumers 3.1 cups of coffee daily. A recent survey found that American workers spend about $20 per week on coffee (totaling more than $1000 a year), and America spends $4 billion importing coffee each year. It is the second most traded commodity after oil.

Want to find out how coffee was discovered, or how much the world's most expensive brew costs? Check out the slideshow above to learn more about this morning pick-me-up.

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