International Coffee Day: Date, History, Activities, Facts & Quotes

July 14, 2022 5 min read

International Coffee Day is a day set aside to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, with events taking place all over the world. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and raise awareness about coffee growers' plight. Many businesses offer free or discounted cups of coffee on this day. Some businesses use social media to distribute coupons and special offers to their loyal customers. National Coffee Day greeting cards and free ecards are available from some greeting card companies.

1. What is the Date of International Coffee Day? 

Every year on October 1st, the world celebrates International Coffee Day. Coffee beans have been scattered all over the world for more than 600 years, making the daily journey from tropical Africa to the breakfast mugs of households all over the world, and their preparation for consumption is a great example of metamorphosis. Coffee has been used for a variety of purposes throughout history, including drinks, candies, medicine, and even as currency in some ancient civilizations. Coffee can energize you, warm you up, refresh you, keep you awake, and even reconnect you with your loved ones.

2. International Coffee Day History

Following a conversation on Instagram (Social Network) on 9 March 2022, the Local Cremona Coffee Shop decided to launch the first official International Coffee Day in Cremona City as part of [Friendship].

Various Coffee Day or National Coffee Day events have been held, with many of these taking place on or around September 29.

International Coffee Day's exact origin is unknown. The All Japan Coffee Association organized the first event in Japan in 1983. "National Coffee Day" was first mentioned publicly in the United States in 2005. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum coined the term "International Coffee Day" and held a press conference on 3 October 2009 to commemorate it and announce the first New Orleans Coffee Festival. The International Coffee Organization promoted it in China, and it was first celebrated in 1997 before becoming an annual event in early April 2001. International Coffee Day was first observed in Taiwan in 2009. Nepal first observed National Coffee Day on November 17, 2005. Indonesia, which first observed National Coffee Day on August 17, 2006, now observes it on the same day as the country's Independence Day.

3. International Coffee Day Activities

Let’us cultivate one another

Coffee has been a part of human civilization since ancient times, so today is an excellent day to learn more about coffee culture! Read some facts and watch some documentaries to learn about how important coffee has become to humanity.

Traditions must be saved

Did you know that ancient civilizations had a plethora of coffee traditions and rituals? It can be used as a beauty treatment, an insect repellent, compost or fertilizer, to season steaks and flavor food, and much more.

You can be your own barista

The coffee industry is massive, and because we love coffee, there are numerous ways to prepare it. Turn yourself into a barista and learn how to make that complicated drink you always order when you go out.

Get a free brew

On International Coffee Day, many popular chains celebrate by providing free or discounted coffee.

Try out a new brewing method

Go old school with a traditional French press, or go all out with a futuristic coffee brewing device like the Chemex Ottomatic, which guarantees a perfect pour over every time.

Give yourself a coffee spa treatment

An exfoliating massage with a scrub made of coffee grounds is a popular caffeinated treatment.

Make a cup of coffee for a friend

After all, one of the best gifts you can give is coffee. Get an extra cup for a friend, partner, or coworker!

Enjoy some coffee-infused treats

Because eating coffee is the only thing better than drinking it! Sugarfina's cold brew cordial chocolates are a must-try.

Consider using reusable straws

One of the most serious disadvantages of coffee is that it can stain your teeth. Thanks to coffee straws, this is no longer an issue! You'll also get extra points for helping to reduce waste!

Subscribe to a coffee subscription service

If you don't live in a coffee city where you can get coffee from all over the world, you can simply subscribe to have the best coffee delivered right to your door!

4. International Coffee Day Facts

- Caffeine's chemical name is Trimethylxanthine.

- The 'Bean Belt' is where coffee is grown. This is between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, near the equator.

- Black Ivory coffee is the most expensive coffee in the world. This coffee is made in Thailand by elephants who consume the Arabica coffee beans and process them during digestion. Their stomach acid breaks down the bean proteins, giving the drink a distinctively robust flavor. It sounds disgusting, but a cup costs around $50.

- The Al Masaa Café in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is the world's largest coffee shop. There are 1,050 seats!

- Decaf coffee does not contain no caffeine. In comparison, an eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee contains 2 to 12 milligrams of caffeine, whereas a regular cup of coffee contains 95 to 200 milligrams.

- Caffeine is not discarded after it has been extracted from coffee beans. It is refined and sold to energy drink and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

- Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy, invented and patented the first espresso machine in 1884.

- Luigi Bezzera patented an improved design on April 28, 1903.

- The very first webcam was used to watch coffee. In 1991, researchers at the University of Cambridge installed a camera in the 'Trojan Room' that fed a live image of a coffee machine so employees could see if the pot was full.

- It's considered strange in Italy to drink a cappuccino after 11 a.m.

- There are more ways to enjoy coffee than you may have imagined... Cascara is a caffeinated fruit 'tea' made from the coffee cherry's fruit.

- Women were not permitted to drink coffee in public in the 17th century.

- In 1906, an English chemist named George Washington (not the American President) invented instant coffee.

- Cameroon's Coffea Charrieriana is the world's only naturally decaffeinated coffee.

- A plain cup of brewed coffee has only around 5 calories.

5. International Coffee Day Quotes

“The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drinks.” - Sir James MacKintosh

“Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drunk”. - Alphonse Allais

“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.” - Flash Rosenberg

“But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.”- David Lynch

“Coffee connects us in so many ways – to each other, to our senses, and to the earth that supports the coffee trees.” - Rohan Marley

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“I don’t need an inspirational quote. I need coffee.” — Unknown

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” – T.S. Eliot

“I don’t know how people live without coffee, I really don’t.” – Martha Quinn

“May your coffee be stronger than any challenges you face today. But if not, remember: DON'T throw your cup at anyone. You need it for refills.” — Nanea Hoffman

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