National Coffee Day

Today is September 29th, which means a few things. It’s almost October. we are a full week into Autumn, and it’s National Coffee Day!

I don’t know about you, but my cup of coffee is an integral part of my morning routine. The last few days I’ve had to skip my morning coffee, because I don’t like it black, and I’ve had a head cold. (In case you didn’t know, a head cold and dairy products = phlem central) Today, however, I gave in and poured myself a cup, black, but with some honey. Maybe that will help fight off whatever bug has taken over my system.

coffee-animated-gif-25.gifI like to joke that I like my coffee the way I like my men, because after I add cream, mine usually matches my husbands skin tone. We’ve talked about coffee on here before. About, how coffee, like wine and peppers, also has tannin and is impacted by terroir and processing methods. So I figured for National Coffee Day, I would give you some coffee fun facts for the next time your jonesing for something tall, dark, and steaming hot. 

Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia in 800 A.D. when goats where seen to dance after eating the berries. A monk then made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him up at night. 

coffee-animated-gif-4Australians drink a latte style beverage called magic. It is made with a double ristretto shot (a shorter pull of espresso) with a heavy splash of steamed milk. Its amazingly smooth, though lower in caffeine making it a great mid-day pick-me-up.

Originally consumed as a food, many countries combined the meat of the coffee berry, a cherry like fruit, with other ingredients to make energy balls, or pressed them to make wine. The part we commonly consume today is actually the seed, like a cherry pit. 

Coffee has been connected to radical thinking and Satan worship throughout history leading to a history of bans and coffee related punishments throughout Eastern and Western Europe. It was also baptized by Pope Clement VII in 1600 because he loved the beverage so much. 

Dark roast coffee has less caffeine than lighter roast due to a chemical process that happens during roasting. Adding dairy to your coffee also reduces the amount of caffeine you absorb when ingested, though it does keep your coffee hotter for longer. Also, if you have a hard time waking up enough to brew a cup in the morning, don’t despair. Just smelling coffee has been shown to refresh the genes in your brain. 

Coffee is a primary export for Brazil and Rwanda, and Hawaii is the only state in the USA that exports the product. You should look for single growth varieties from these locals and check out the difference in flavors! Use this sensory exploration worksheet to track the differences.

Coffee’s original name, qahwah, the Yemen word for wine. In Turkey they called it kahveh. The dutch were the first to call it koffie where we get the English word 

So now that I’ve shared my fun coffee facts, I’ll share one final thing with you today. Here is a link to Time’s Money magazine article about where to find coffee shops near you celebrating National Coffee Day. Go grab a free cup of Joe!