National Coffee Day – September 29

From iced cappuccinos to decaf lattes, more than 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. Served steaming hot to ice cold with whipped cream on top, this popular beverage dates back to the 9th century. A variety of “holidays” and observances in the name of coffee exist, including September 29 – National Coffee Day. On this day, why don’t you tip back a cup of Joe in honor of the influential brew, as well as enjoy a few interesting facts about coffee.

Celebrate with Coffee Specials

Local and national businesses are known to celebrate National Coffee Day by offering their customers free or discounted cups of coffee. For example, stop by your local Dunkin’ Donuts to grab a free cup of coffee. A portion of all sales at Dunkin’ Donuts will also be donated to the Special Olympics. Starbucks is holding a VIA Taste Challenge on National Coffee Day to celebrate the launch of their new instant coffee. Participants get a complimentary coffee on their next visit and coupons.

It also pays to be active in social media as many businesses wish to attract Coffee Day celebrators with coupons and specials For example, LaMar’s Donuts (with locations in six states) is offering a coupon on their Facebook and Twitter account – good for a free 12-ounce coffee.

Interesting Coffee Facts

  • The first European coffee house opened in Italy in 1645.
  • The Dutch were the first to import coffee and coffee beans on a large scale. They even smuggled coffee seedlings into Europe in 1690 – defying the Arab prohibition regarding the exportation of coffee plants and unroasted coffee seeds.
  • Even decaffeinated coffee contains a small amount of caffeine. Drip coffee possesses the highest amount of caffeine with 115 to 175 mg. Other values include: espresso (100 mg), brewed (80-135 mg), instant (65-100 mg), brewed decaf (3-4 mg), and instant decaf (2-3 mg).
  • It takes a coffee tree five years to mature. The average yield of this one tree will produce the equivalent of one pound of roasted coffee.
  • Where do most of your cups of coffee come from? Perhaps Brazil, where 30 to 40% of the world’s coffee originates.