Breakfast was nonexistent until the 17th century. The Romans only ate one extravagant meal a day, lounging and splurging on grapes and wine. In the late 1700s, breakfast consisting mainly of eggs, coffee, and tea emerged as a symbol of the wealthy.
When the Industrial Revolution implemented fixed working hours, laborers were forced to eat an energy packed meal before going into work. Eventually, people of all classes began eating a meal before their workdays to fuel themselves throughout the morning, giving rise to what we now know as breakfast.