International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day

October 1 is a day for coffee lovers, as it’s International Coffee Day! It is the perfect occasion to celebrate and appreciate coffee from around the world. It’s meant to be a “global celebration of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop” in honor of the people who produce our favorite caffeinated beverage.

Coffee is so loved by so many, it has developed its own culture. All across the world today you’ll find a coffee house or a cafe on almost every corner of every city. Because of this high demand, coffee has grown into a multi-million dollar industry that stimulates the whole world’s economy. It is the celebration of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop— an opportunity to honor the men and women who grow and harvest the coffee we love.

The International Coffee Day theme 2021 focuses on key questions such as how to improve the future of coffee, how to revolutionize the coffee industry, and the best ways to help coffee growers around the world earn a just income for life.

History of International Coffee Day

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) in 2015 announced that countries from around the world will come together on 1st October to celebrate International Coffee Day. With the support of 74 ICO Member States and 26 national coffee associations, the ICO said International Coffee Day is a celebration of the coffee sector’s diversity, quality, and passion.

The first International Coffee Day coincides with the 115th Session of the International Coffee Council and the first Global Coffee Forum, which will take place during the six months of Expo Milan, running 1 May – 31 October. The Specialty Coffee Associations of Europe, America, Australia, as well as the National Coffee Association of the US, are among the national groups, which have announced their support for the event.

This would help to create uniformity in the marketing awareness campaign by creating just one single day of celebration for lovers of coffee from around the world. The day is also meant to promote awareness about this popular drink and also to encourage the fair trade of coffee.

Coffee History

The history of coffee, the second most commercially traded commodity in the world, traces back to the 9th century when the coffee plant was discovered in Ethiopia. It was in the 17th century that coffee was introduced to America by the British. More than 2.25 billion cups of this popular drink are consumed around the world every day. Americans drink more than 450 million cups of coffee daily.

The world of coffee is vast with many different types depending on the way they are prepared. Some of the most popular coffee drinks include Espresso, cappuccino, Café Latte, Mocha. ICO, the intergovernmental organization for coffee, invites the attention of the coffee-loving community to the plight of coffee farmers. The coffee farmers have been struggling to earn their livelihood as the coffee beans price has declined sharply. On this day, many coffee shops across the globe offer coffee free to their customers. So grab a cup of your favorite coffee, and celebrate the day!

Why we love coffee

It brings us so much joy

Who doesn’t love waking up to a steaming cup of coffee in the morning? While many people are drinking coffee to keep themselves alert and able to face the day, for a lot of us it’s so much more than that.

Coffee could be part of your integral morning routine that you need to complete to be ready to face the day. Or maybe you’re the kind of person who loves to connect to people over coffee, whether that be catching up with friends at a cafe or drinking espresso martinis at a bar on date night.

These moments are just as special as that delicious coffee, creating a truly enjoyable experience.

Coffee is full of essential nutrients

Yes, your daily coffees are actually good for you! A standard cup of black coffee contains riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, and niacin, which are all essential vitamins and minerals for healthy body functions. The amounts of these nutrients are small, but if you’re packing in 3-4 cups a day like the average person, it all adds up.

When drinking milk-based coffee such as lattes, cappuccinos or flat whites, you’re also consuming calcium and zinc, which are vital for strong bones and a healthy immune system.

Coffee makes you live longer!

Your love of coffee is doing more than just warming up your soul! Studies have shown that moderate consumption of coffee (3-4 cups a day) has been linked to a longer lifespan.

Other studies have connected coffee consumption to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s, yet the reasons why are still unknown.

It’s only been a few years since coffee stopped being viewed as carcinogenic, but since then there have been vast studies showing how it helps improve our health. So keep on drinking!

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.