It's March. Do you know how much coffee you're drinking?

In the last 3 years coffee prices have gone from near-historic highs in 2011 to near historic lows today.

From the Marketplace Datebook, here’s an extended look at what’s coming up at the top of March:

  • Tomorrow is a great day to go barhopping if you're in Reykjavik. Iceland celebrates Beer Day, an annual event since 1989 when a 74-year long prohibition of beer was lifted.
  • Nebraska, where Kool-Aid was invented, became the 37th state on March 1, 1867.
  • The Hollywood red carpet becomes the center of attention on Oscar Sunday.
  • We kick off the work-week with January personal income and spending data from the Commerce Department.
  • Inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847. He patented the telephone. It’s that device you’re texting on.
  • Tuesday is National Grammar Day. Other celebrations include Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday. The day to live it up before the beginning of Lent.
  • On Wednesday, Lent begins.
  • Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan turns 88 on Thursday.
  • And on Friday the Labor Department releases its jobs report for February.
  • I hate to be the one to break it to you. March is National Caffeine Awareness Month.

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