/ September 28, 2012

Coffee Break

For those of you who didn’t know, it’s National Coffee Day today! To celebrate many places around the country are offering free coffee, a quick Google search will tell you the ones closest to you. Meanwhile at Fastcase we wanted to pay homage to this delectable brew in our own way– with some Smarter Legal Research.

We searched statutes from around the country, including the US Code to see what law makers have done to regulate coffee. Hawaii had several codes relating to composition and weighting of coffee. In Harris County, TX, there is a tax exemption for people with green coffee, wonder if that applies to Starbucks? Wisconsin’s Statutes claim that “coffee whitener” should not be considered dairy. There are also Coffee Counties in Alabama and Georgia.

The US Code has some interesting sections on coffee, particularly in relation to the International Coffee Agreement which is an international treaty of 70+ countries involved in coffee producing/purchasing. The International Coffee Organization has some great information on this treaty.

For a full listing of the 361 results that our search yielded, click here.

Happy National Coffee Day everyone!

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