(PCM) Without a doubt September 29 is one of our very favorite days of the year, as it is the time we get to celebrate National Coffee Day in honor of our favorite caffeinated nectar! It has been a bit of a challenge to pinpoint the exact origins of National Coffee Day, however an event was promoted in Japan as early as 1983. The first public mention of National Coffee Day here in the States was back in 2005 and it has become an annual celebration for all things coffee ever since.
Many national coffee chains such as Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Pete’s Coffee, and Krispy Kreme offer free or discounted coffee beverages on this day, as if we needed an excuse to snatch up even more joe than usual on this day!
Coffee was introduced into our lives in the middle of the 15th century by the SUFI monasteries around Mokha in Yemen. It is in this area of the world where the first coffee seeds were fire roasted and brewed, prepared much the same way as it is today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland and it was there that the first coffee trees were grown. In the year of 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East and planted in Mysore. Coffee then spread to Italy, Europe, Indonesia and finally the Americas.
These days the average coffee drinker consumes approximately 1.3 cups of coffee per day, but if you are anything like us it’s more like 3 or 4 and over 150 million Americans consume coffee each and every day. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy a good cup of java as it can be made hot or cold, sweet or unsweet, black or with cream, as well as a variety of different flavors or syrups depending upon your individual tastes.