International Coffee Day

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International Coffee Day is celebrated on the 1st of October every year around the world. On this day, people celebrate one of the most beloved beverages and recognize the efforts of those who involved in the coffee industry. The event of the International Coffee day aims to support and appreciate the great work of people in the coffee industry and promote fair trade in coffee.

Every October 1, various brands offer customers coupons to share discounted coffee. And discuss everything about the history, new trends, opportunities, and importance of International Coffee Day.

Coffee is more than just a delicious morning drink; it represents community, livelihood, passion, friendship, and tradition because coffee can energize you, warm you, refresh you, wake you up, and even catch up with your loved ones. Coffee has been a staple of many households for generations.

Coffee have been scattered around the world for more than 600 years. Mankind has prepared coffee for many presentations: drinks, sweets, medicines and some ancient civilizations even used it as a bargaining chip.

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History of International Coffee Day

You may be surprised to find that International Coffee Day is a very recent celebration. Held in Milan at the Milan Expo 2015, this global event was founded by the International Coffee Organization, the leading intergovernmental coffee organization. Its objective is to mobilize import and export governments to combat the challenges of the coffee world.

International Coffee Day is being promoted around the world and its origins lie in the International Coffee Organization (ICO). The ICO is an international organization representing many foreign countries and is the organizer of this festive event.

A proposal to consider International Coffee Day was presented during the ICO meeting held at the ICO headquarters at 22 Berners Street in London, England from March 3 to 7, 2014. This proposal was proposed by the organization’s Private Sector Advisory Board (JCSP). The 77 member states of the ICO then discussed and voted on this idea during the meeting.

The proposal was approved and, the ICO members agreed to celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1 of each year starting in 2015, instead of having their days.

History of Coffee

history of coffee

Coffee growth around the world dates back to the ancient coffee forests of the Ethiopian highlands for centuries. There is a legend that the goat holder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.

It is said that after eating beans from a tree, the goat became stronger and then did not want to sleep at night. Kaldi discovered the tree and found the coffee.

Kaldi reported her findings to the abbot of a local monastery. The abbot prepared a drink with the beans and found that remained vigilant for him during the long hours of night prayer. The abbot shared his findings with other monks in the monastery and, knowledge of energizing berries began to spread.

As the news moved east and coffee reached the Arabian Peninsula, a journey began to bring these beans around the world.

The Arabian Peninsula

It is considered as the cultivation and trade of coffee began in the Arabian Peninsula. Coffee was grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia, in the 15th century as a cultivation crop. And in the 16th century, it became known in Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey.

Coffee was enjoyed not only at home but also in many public coffee shops called “qahveh khaneh”, which began to spring up in the cities of the Near East. The popularity of coffee shops was unmatched and people visited them frequently for all kinds of social activities.

Customers not only drank coffee and chatted, but also listened to music, watched artists, played chess, and got the latest news. The cafeteria quickly became an important clearinghouse for information and was often referred to as the “School of the Wise Men.”

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world visited the Sanctuary of Mecca every year, and the knowledge of this “Arab wine” had begun to spread.

Coffee Comes to Europe

European travelers to the Near East brought the story of a rare dark black drink. By the 17th century, coffee had penetrated Europe and was popular across the continent.

The Coffee Bearer by John Frederick Lewis (1857)
The Coffee Bearer by John Frederick Lewis (1857)

Some responded with suspicion and fear to this new drink, calling it “the bitter invention of Satan.” When he arrived in Venice in 1615, a local priest blamed the coffee. The controversy was so how big that even Pope Clement VIII was proposed to intervene. He decided to try the drink himself before making a decision, and found the drink to be so satisfying that he gave it Pope’s approval.

Despite so much controversy, cafes soon became the center of social activity and communication in major cities in England, Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. People could buy coffee for a penny and could have an exciting conversation at “Penny University” in England.

Coffee began to replace the popular breakfast drinks of the time, beer and wine. Those who drank coffee instead of alcohol began to be alert during the day and became more energetic and, of course, the quality of their work improved significantly.

By the mid-17th century, London had more than 300 coffee shops, many of which attracted like-minded patrons such as merchants, transporters, brokers, and artists. Many businesses had grown out of these specialty coffee shops. For instance, Lloyd’s of London was born in Edward Lloyd’s coffee shop.

Coffee Comes to the New World

In the mid-17th century, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam and later called New York by the British.

A coffee plant coloured lithograph 1840
A coffee plant colored lithograph 1840

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Coffees began to emerge quickly, but tea remained the favorite beverage in the New World when colonists rebelled against the heavy tax on tea imposed by King George III. The rebellion, known as the Boston Tea Party, turned Americans’ drinking habits into the coffee forever.

As the demand for beverages continued to grow, there was fierce competition to grow coffee outside of Arabia.

The Dutch finally got the seedlings in the late 17th century. The first attempt to plant in India was unsuccessful, but the effort in Indonesia, Java, in Jakarta, was successful. The plants prospered and soon the Dutch made a productive and growing trade in coffee. Later, they expanded coffee growing to Sumatra and Celebes.

Coffee Comes to America

In 1714, the mayor of Amsterdam presented Louis XIV of France with a gift of young coffee plants.  The king ordered plants to be grown in the Royal Botanical Garden in Paris. In 1723, a young naval officer, Gabriel Dcriu, obtained saplings from the king’s plants. Despite difficult journeys such as bad weather, sabotage agents trying to destroy saplings, and pirate attacks, he was able to transport it safely to Martinique.

When planted, the seedlings not only thrived but over the next 50 years, more than 18 million coffee trees were said to have spread to Martinique. Even more surprising, this young tree was the father of all coffee trees in the Caribbean, South America, and Central America.

Industrial coffee roasting 1880
Industrial coffee roasting 1880

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The famous Brazilian coffee owes its presence to Francisco de Melo Parrieta, who was sent by the emperor to French Guiana to obtain coffee seedlings. The French were unwilling to share, but the French governor’s wife, fascinated by her beauty, gave him a large bouquet before leaving.

Missionaries, travelers, merchants, and settlers continued to bring coffee seeds to new lands, and coffee trees were planted around the world. The plantation was founded in magnificent tropical forests and rugged mountainous mountains. Some crops thrived, while others were short-lived. New countries had been established in the coffee economy. Coffee had become one of the most profitable export crops in the world by the end of the 18th century. After crude oil, coffee is the most popular product in the world.

Coffee – A Gift From Heaven

International Coffee Day coffee mug

Coffee has been admired and ridiculed for centuries. It has been accused of causing impotence and insanity, but it can also be a cure for laziness and “gifts from heaven.” But there are the real and scientifically proven strengths and weaknesses of the coffee we know today.

Caffeine, the most widely used psychotropic drug in the world, is the best-known ingredient in coffee. Although its beneficial effects on the human body have been very well studied, coffee as a whole is a complex drink that contains a thousand different substances. Some studies argue that decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee may have the same health benefits and that caffeine isn’t responsible for most of the health benefits of coffee.

The study of coffee and pros and cons of coffee for humans is not over yet, but here is a list of what we know at the moment.

12 Health Benefits of Coffee

health benefit of coffee

1. Coffee enhances your physical performance

Drinking black coffee about an hour before your workout will improve your performance by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in the blood. Adrenaline is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone and helps you prepare for physical activity.

2. Coffee will assist you to lose weight

Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body use insulin, regulates blood sugar levels, and reduces the craving for treats and snacks.

3. Coffee reduces risk of cancers

According to one study, coffee can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20% and the risk of developing endometrial cancer in women by 25%. The people in the test group drank four cups of coffee a day. Caffeine can also prevent the development of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer.

4. Coffee helps you burn fat

The main ingredient of coffee; caffeine helps fat cells break down body fat and use it as fuel for training.

5. Coffee protects your body

Coffee contains many antioxidants and acts as a little warrior to fight and defend against free radicals in the body.

6. Coffee reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease

Studies show that drinking coffee regularly reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25%. There is evidence that coffee causes activity in parts of the brain affected by Parkinson’s disease.

7. Coffee refreshes your mood, assist to fight depression and reduces the risk of suicide

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, stimulates the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, and improves mood. Two cups of coffee a day reduce the risk of suicide by 50%.

8. Coffee helps to focus and stay alert

Moderate caffeine intake, 1 to 6 cups a day, helps improve concentration and mental alertness.

9. Coffee reduce the risk of Type II diabetes

Caffeine reduces insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, thus reducing the risk of type II diabetes.

10. Coffee protects your brain

High levels of caffeine in the blood reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It also reduces the risk of dementia.

11. Coffee reduces risk of stroke

Two to four cups of coffee a day is associated with a low risk of stroke.

12. Coffee lowers risk of death

Studies have shown that the overall risk of premature death for coffee drinkers is 25% lower than for non-coffee drinkers.

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6 Side Effects of Coffee

Side effects of Coffee

1. Coffee can kill you

Yes, it is possible if you drink 80 to 100 cups (23 liters) in a short session. This dose is fatal and contains 10-13 grams of caffeine in the body. However, before you get to this point, there is a large 23 liters of fluid that will make most of you vomit. You can kill yourself by even drinking 23 liters of water.

2. if you’re pregnant don’t drink more than one cup a day

Studies on the effects of coffee on the fetus are controversial, but one thing is certain. If you drink coffee during pregnancy, the caffeine also reaches the fetus and, your baby is very sensitive to caffeine. So if you are a heavy coffee drinker and cannot stop tasting coffee during pregnancy, reduce your coffee consumption to at least one cup a day.

3. Bad coffee can be toxic

Poor coffee can contain many impurities and cause illness, headaches, or general discomfort. This can happen if the coffee is broken or made from coffee beans that would otherwise have gone bad. A bad bean can poison your whole mug. If you are investing and buying high-quality specialty coffee, you don’t have to worry about this.

4. Coffee for kids, will promotes bedwetting

According to one study, it can increase the bedwetting of 5-7 years old kids by consuming caffeine.

5. Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness

The maximum recommended caffeine amount of human body is 400 milligrams. This is an approximate amount you can get from four cups of coffee. Be careful with coffee, if you are sensitive to caffeine. You probably already know how much and what kind of coffee suits you or not. The tolerance level of caffeine for your body has written in our DNA.

6. If your cholesterol level is high don’t choose filtered coffee

Coffee beans contain two ingredients that are believed to increase LDL and cholesterol levels: cafestol and kahweol. Leakage from coffee traps most of the LDL, but Cafestol and Kahweol are included in espresso, Turkish coffee, French press, and Scandinavian-style “boiled coffee.”

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How many cups of Coffee per day

According to above explanations, If you have high cholesterol, are sensitive to caffeine, are pregnant, or are a child (or a parent), you should be careful when drinking coffee.

For others, a moderate amount of coffee (1 to 6 cups a day) may be good for you. It can prevent serious illness, stimulate your mind and muscles, and even help you lose weight. Remember that as long as you drink a toxin-free specialty coffee and brew it with care, you can and should enjoy knowing that it is good for you.

Importance of International Coffee Day

The International Coffee Association has created International Coffee Day to bring together coffee lovers to celebrate the world’s most beloved beverage coffee.

importance of International Coffee Day

On International Coffee Day, called to celebrate the benefits of coffee internationalism, reject the diseases for coffee and seek progress towards enlightened international exchange and solidarity. Today we say that the only way we can move towards better coffee quality, true sustainability, and universal prosperity is to embrace the global diversity of our trade.

Another important reason behind the training of the International Coffee Day is to raise awareness about key issues such as the coffee price crisis that threatens the lives of coffee growers.

Despite the growing demand for this drink, the cost to coffee growers today is well below the average for the last decade, threatening the lives of coffee growers and making the coffee growing industry dramatic. Coffee farmers can organize campaigns to represent their issues to relevant parties because International Coffee Day is the most suitable for that than any other date.

On October 1, The celebration of International Coffee Day is encouraged, a community of coffee lovers not only celebrated coffee but also understood the issues facing coffee growers and work with the International Coffee Organization to bring the right reforms to the beverage industry.

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How to celebrate International Coffee Day

Celebrate International Coffee Day

Without a doubt, International Coffee Day can be celebrated in the best possible way with delicious coffee! There are so many different types of coffee that you can try. It can blacken your coffee, and there are many types of coffee, with different intensities and richness. You can try different coffee recipes. Dalgona coffee is a trend these days. You can also choose from latte, cappuccino, and American coffees! Why not try specialty coffees from other countries like Cyprus coffee on International Coffee Day? Many states have their own way of making this drink, so it’s always fun to try something new.

You can also host events and mere gatherings to mark International Coffee Day for ensuring that the coffee crop-dependent industry and the lives of millions of farmers are supported.

Use your imagination to enjoy events and activities dedicated to the world’s most popular beverages. Here are some ideas to start planning an event or campaign that will take place on International Coffee Day.

  • Hold a coffee and International Coffee Day themed art contest and an exhibition with all entries (photographs, poetry, stories, paintings, all media).

  • Host a coffee workshop or master class – probably an introduction to brewing or roasting techniques.

  • Host a cup of coffee at home, at the office, or a local coffee shop and discuss about the International Coffee day.

  • Plan visits coffee plantations and washing stations so that the general public is interested in growing coffee.

  • Run promotions or discount offers in coffee shops.

  • Use the hashtag #International Coffee Day to create a video about your love of coffee and upload it to social media.

  • Launch a fundraising campaign to benefit your coffee project wherever you choose.

  • Organize a conference with a local coffee expert.

  • Plan visits coffee plantations and washing stations so that the general public is interested in growing coffee.

  • Screening of films related to coffee and International Coffee Day.

  • There are many articles and programs related to importance of the International Coffee day and Coffee industry, you can read them and gain some knowledge.

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International Coffee Day 2021

International Coffee Day 2021

The International Coffee Day theme 2021 also 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. International Coffee Day also highlights the abuse of coffee farmers, the dangers they face in their lives, and the fundamental need for collective action.

The money compensated for the beans manufactured by the coffee growers is the lowest in history. Modern coffee growers may not have sufficient income to provide for themselves and meet the needs of their families and may have to stop producing coffee altogether. Hence by the time of International Coffee Day 2021, endangering the production of your favorite coffee beverage!

On this year International Coffee Day, the ICO is on a mission to help coffee growers around the world earn a fair income for their efforts and needs the help of all coffee lovers in this regard. If you are a coffee lover, please sign the petition to support a good living wage for coffee growers.

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) was pleased to announce the “next generation of coffee” as the focus of International Coffee Day 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis with extreme economic consequences, which created an unprecedented situation in the coffee sector and, for the first time, negatively affected both supply and demand in parallel. Even before the pandemic, coffee industry was already struggling due to global and environmental challenges and threats and low coffee prices.

In light of the coffee price crisis and the cumulative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only are there serious threats to the lives of coffee farmers today but there are also dramatic risks to the future of coffee in the morning. The growing number of young people in coffee-growing families is shifting from “family business” to other places and jobs that we consider to be more progressive and profitable for the future. In addition, many of the jobs that young people often had throughout the coffee value chain have recently been lost.

International Coffee Day is an opportunity to promote and celebrate coffee as our most beloved beverage. International Coffee Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the plight of coffee producers, promote sustainable coffee practices and introduce new coffee product into the market.

International Coffee Day 2021 may also focus to attract the younger generation into coffee cultivation because, investing in youth will create innovative and sustainable solutions for the coffee sector, help build a better, fairer, and more prosperous coffee sector, allow recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and a stronger future. Build and have a positive impact on the coffee community around the world. It also alleviates the lack of participation of young people in the cultivation of coffee and other areas of the value chain.