International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day is a time to celebrate that caffeinated beverage, with events occurring across the world. The first official time this was observed was October 1, 2015, as agreed by the International Coffee Organization and was launched in Milan.

Coffee is made from the seeds or berries of the coffee plant. As a beverage, it has been enjoyed by people around the world for many centuries. Historians believe that coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia. The National Coffee Association relates the legend about coffee’s origin: “The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night. Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer.”

From there, coffee spread to the Middle East. European travelers brought the beverage back with them, and by the 17th century, it was popular in Europe. It moved to the New World with European settlers. Besides bringing energy and alertness, coffee brought people together, and many an idea was hatched over a cup of coffee.

According to MarketWatch, Americans drink more coffee than soda, tea and juice combined. They say, “the market for coffee hit 88.8 gallons per capita in 2016, nearly three times more than bottled water.” Worldwide, the numbers are also robust. The International Coffee Organization estimates that during the year October 2015 to September 2016, over 151 million 60 kg. (130 lb.) bags were consumed.

Now, of course, you can get all kinds of coffee from specialized shops. So be sure to have a cup today – I’ll be wishing you well with my cup of tea in hand.

Quotes about coffee

Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.–David Lynch

I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee–Clark Gable

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who genuinely have a medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.–Dave Barry

Coffee: the favorite drink of the civilized world.–Thomas Jefferson

The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks.–James Mackintosh

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce–Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.–Sheik Abd-al-Kadir

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

Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.–Terri Guillemets

There’s nothing sweeter than a cup of bitter coffee.–Rian Aditia

Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.–David Letterman

We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup. –Jerry Seinfeld

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.–Lewis Black

As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move…similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle.–Honore de Balzac

Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions…is never followed by sadness, languor or debility.–Benjamin Franklin

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