Coffee and doughnuts is a common food and drink pairing in the United States and Canada (where doughnuts are typically spelled donuts). The pairing is often consumed as a simple breakfast, and is often consumed in doughnut shops. Coffee is a brewed drink that is typically served hot. Doughnuts are sweet, deep fried desserts. 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 large amounts of fat and sugar.
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, and commonly considered to be 'the office diet'. 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 second-rate, unthreatening gangster".
Police are often described as favoring coffee and doughnuts for their rather inexpensive meals, especially in mornings, owing to the generally low pay they may receive for their work. This is common enough for a trope dealing with "cops in doughnut shops" to have arisen.
Others have speculated that the association police have with coffee and doughnuts arose as officers on night shifts used doughnut shops (one of the few businesses open all night in the 1940s) to write up notes, use the bathroom, and have a snack.
it is very unfortunate that so many workers take only coffee and doughnuts for breakfast (if they take breakfast at all!) ...
Comparison of a diet of coffee and doughnuts with one of oatmeal and milk. Secure four or six rats of three to four weeks of age. Place two or three of the same sex in each of two cages equipped with cups for food and water. The rats in one ...(subscription required)