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Celebrate International Coffee Day

Shahen Naidoo

Today is International Coffee Day. International Coffee Day is a globally celebrated day, launched 5 years ago in Milan Italy by the International Coffee Organisation.

It’s a day that we honour and celebrate all those that have had a role to play in getting our days off to a great start. The coffee farmers and workers, exporters, green bean buyers, the roasters, and the baristas all playing a part in ensuring that you enjoy a cup of coffee of the highest quality.

But why Celebrate International Coffee Day?

Coffee is not just a delicious beverage. It’s a way of life.

When waiting for the kids to finish off a sporting game, coffee is there to keep you company; when feeling a bit low on any given morning, coffee is the “pick-me-up; when trying to burn the midnight oil or meet a deadline, coffee is there to keep you going for longer; when meeting a friend after a very long time, coffee is there is stimulate the conversation. 

It’s a day when coffee lovers, globally get an opportunity to celebrate this amazing coffee culture.

How to celebrate International Coffee Day

With so many options to create a great coffee drink in the comfort of your own home, the only limit is your imagination. So go on and unleash the hidden barista in you by recreating your favourite brew at home, be it a moka pot inspired latte, a charismatic chemex, or delightful dripper.

And while you sip on your cuppa, why not connect with an old friend... Go on and make that call just to check in with your bestie. 

Coffee isn’t just a great beverage, it’s a great ingredient in baking and cooking. So treat yourself to a special coffee inspired meal or dessert. Here are a few links to get you started:

With all this coffee brewing, comes a whole lot of used coffee grounds. But don't throw those used grounds away just yet. They've only served a part of their awesomeness in the drink you've just made; you can let them do the rest of their work sustaining the world around us. Take a look here for some tips on what to do with your used coffee grounds.

 A few facts about coffee to keep your brain buzzing

  • Coffee beans are referred to as “beans” because they look like a bean. But they are in fact the seeds of a cherry.
  • Beethoven was a big coffee lover and he would count out coffee beans into a cup for brewing. He found that he got his symphony of flavour with approximately 60 coffee beans.
  • The 1932 Brazilian Olympics team was transported on a ship full of coffee to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The coffee was sold along the way to finance the team’s stay in America.
  • Brazil is the top coffee producing country in the world, with about 300,000 coffee farm spread throughout the country.
  • Finland is the top coffee consuming nation in the world, with the average Finn drinking 4 cups of coffee per day.
  • South Africa accounts for less than 0.5% of the global coffee consumption.

How do you compare to the average Finn? Let us know in the comments below.

 


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1 comment

  • Definitely on the scandinavian side for me!

    KD

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