With the way things are advertised nowadays, coffee included, these youngsters are constantly being pushed into the adult mentality from all sides. Combine that with the hurried pace of teenage life and you’ll find that coffee fits right into teenage culture. Along with these adult practices comes that daily pilgrimage to a place to hang out. The pubs used to be the "in" place during the '80s, the fast food joint in the '90s, but for this generation, it's the cafe.
Hollywood has to be given credit for the sophistication of cafes. Characters in movies and TV are portrayed as being savvier when they dialogue with a cup of coffee in their hands. The coffee industry responded eagerly to this clamor, making it almost impossible not to find a cafe in an area near you. In every once-dark street corner now lurks a brightly lit coffee shop with its cushioned seats, a small library of periodicals, free internet, and a smiling young attendant at the counter. For parents who are already in the full swing of the accelerated life, there will be no accusing finger pointed at children who spend less time at home and more time at the coffee shop.
Coffee is just a part of our rapidly evolving culture. Kids maturing faster than one can say "Soy Macchiato" doesn't necessarily mean that they are ready for adult responsibilities. While there is some merit to giving them a driven mindset, perhaps there's little harm in leaving the early morning bustle to grown-ups and hitting the snooze button for the kids after all.