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Celebration Ideas and Fun Facts for National Coffee Month

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Liza loves obscure holidays—especially those that celebrate food and beverages.

August is National Coffee Month. How will you celebrate?

August is National Coffee Month. How will you celebrate?

August Is National Coffee Month—Let's Celebrate!

August is National Coffee Month! While most folks may not be aware of this obscure observance since it is not an official holiday with congressional recognition, coffee connoisseurs in the United States (my husband and I included) have decided that our favorite morning drink deserves credit, as it is one of the most popular beverages in the world.

When my husband and I wake up, the first thing we do is start the coffee machine. How many of you do the same thing? Nothing compares to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. For us, it’s the ultimate get-up-and-go beverage.

In This Article

  • How to Celebrate National Coffee Month
  • Where Does the Word "Coffee" Come From?
  • How to Say "Coffee" in Other Languages
  • How to Tell if Coffee Beans Are Fresh
  • How to Make a Caramel Iced Latte at Home

How to Observe National Coffee Month

Although there is no organization or person who has stepped up to claim its creation, August is National Coffee Month in the United States. So, if you are a coffee enthusiast like me, how will you celebrate? I have a few ideas for you.

  • Fill up a thermos with your favorite hot or iced coffee drink and enjoy it outdoors while walking or reading.
  • Take a picture of a coffee you made or ordered and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationalcoffeemonth.
  • Experiment with new coffee drink recipes at home.
  • Try a new coffee drink at your local cafe each day until you've tasted everything they offer.
  • Take advantage of discounts and sales on coffee beans and merchandise at your favorite cafés, stores, or websites.
  • Enjoy a nice coffee with a delicious pastry like a buttery croissant.
  • Check with your local coffee shops and see if they are offering a free cup of joe in celebration of the month.
  • Try a new syrup or flavor in your coffee.
  • Drink coffee with other coffee enthusiasts you know.
  • If you own an espresso machine at home, make a cappuccino, latte, or americano before heading to your workplace.
  • If you don't own a machine, go to your favorite coffee shop and order any coffee you like.

Where Does the Word “Coffee” Come From?

The word "coffee" entered the English language in the 1600s. The coffee plant (Coffea arabica) is native to the Kaffa province of Ethiopia. Eventually, coffee beans reached the Middle East, where coffee was referred to as “قهوة” (pronounced "qahwa"). It was then said to have been sold to merchants in Venice, who called it “caffè” derived from the Turkish "kahveh." From there, it eventually worked its way into English as "coffee."

How to Say "Coffee" in Different Languages

  • Malay/Indonesian: Kopi
  • Italian: Caffé
  • French: Café
  • German: Kaffee
  • Japanese: コーヒー (Kōhī)
  • Korean: 커피 (Keopi)
  • Portuguese: Café
  • Russian: Кофе (Kofe)
  • Spanish: Café
  • Afrikaans: Koffie
  • Dutch: Koffie
  • Finnish: Kahvi
  • Greek: Καφές (Kafés)
  • Hindi: कॉफ़ी (Kofee)
  • Icelandic: Kaffi
  • Swedish: Kaffe

How to Tell if Coffee Beans Are Fresh

You can use these five easy indicators to check whether the beans you're considering buying are fresh or not.

1. They Have a Glossy Appearance

When the coffee beans are roasted, they are exposed to intense heat that extracts moisture from the hearts of the beans. This process draws out an oil-like substance that later coats outside the beans.

2. They Leave Oil Residue on Your Hands When Touched

If you pick up a handful of beans and they leave a residue on your hands, they are fresh for brewing.

3. They Have a Strong Smell

This is my favorite step. Fresh beans are known for their intense aroma. If you can’t smell easily smell the beans, it is highly likely that they are not fresh.

4. The Bag They Come in Has a CO2-Release Valve

If you bought coffee beans from the store, check if there is a valve in the bag. If the bag doesn’t include a valve, then the coffee beans are not fresh, as they are not releasing any carbon dioxide. Freshly roasted coffee beans give off a considerable amount of CO2.

5. They Release CO2 When Sealed in an Airtight Bag

Place a handful of coffee beans inside a Ziplock bag and press out the remaining air before sealing it. Let it stand overnight. Check if the bag appears to be inflated due to the release CO2. If so, the beans are fresh. If the bag remains flat, then the beans are not fresh.

Caramel iced lattes are among my favorite coffee drinks to make at home. Check out my recipe below!

Caramel iced lattes are among my favorite coffee drinks to make at home. Check out my recipe below!

How to Make a Caramel Iced Latte at Home

My husband subscribes to a coffee roaster that delivers their signature coffee to our house every month. Nowadays, a lot of coffee roasters sell their beans directly to customers at affordable prices. Because of this, we've stopped buying coffee out and started making it at home instead. One of my favorite coffee drinks to make at home is caramel iced latte.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 shots espresso (the number of shots is your choice)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup organic whole milk (or low-fat milk)
  • 1/3 cup caramel creamer (or 1 and 1/2 tablespoons caramel sauce)
  • Ice cubes
  • Whipping cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Grind the coffee beans.
  2. Attach the portafilter to the espresso maker and let it run.
  3. In a tall glass, add the ice cubes and milk, then pour in the coffee.
  4. Add the caramel flavor (caramel creamer or caramel sauce).
  5. Stir well with a spoon.
  6. Enjoy!

Note: If you do not have an espresso maker at home, check out the video below to learn how to make a latte with just an electric kettle and a French press.

© 2020 Liza

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on September 13, 2020:

Hi Devika, I couldn't agree more with you. My husband and I are coffee lovers. We enjoy making coffee at home. The smell of fresh ground beans is absolute heaven. Thank you for commenting :)

Devika Primic on September 13, 2020:

The smell of coffee is natural and you make it sound so good. Coffee beans are the real product for an enjoyable cuppa as you describe it.

Liza (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

It will be an awesome celebration if it is recognizable as a holiday! I knew many people don't aware of how to tell the beans are fresh or not before grinding. I hope the tips will help! Thank you for commenting, Sp Greaney.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 30, 2020:

This is something I did not know about. It should be a holiday. The information you also give on how to tell if coffee beans are fresh is so useful. I didn't know all of that.

Liza (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Thank you for reading the article, Preeti. I hope you gained information from it.

Liza (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hi Rajan, I'm sorry to hear that. I couldn't agree more with what you've just said. Freshly brewed coffee is my favorite smell in the morning. Even before I drink it, the smell wakes me up! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, Rajan.

Preeti from India on August 29, 2020:

Hey i'm amazed to know and read this. Terrific.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 28, 2020:

I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Although I no longer drink coffee as it does not agree with my system I still find its aroma very inviting and exhilarating. Thanks for sharing tips to check out if coffee beans are fresh or not and the caramel iced latte recipe.

Liza (author) from USA on August 28, 2020:

You're welcome, Vandna. I'm happy that this article manages to bring information to you. I can talk about coffee all day :)

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on the post!

Liza (author) from USA on August 28, 2020:

Nikhil, a lot of people didn't know about the coffee month is celebrated in August in the US. Therefore, I'm happy to share the article with the readers, especially if they are coffee connoisseurs.

Yea, I think it is great to learn about the word "coffee" in different languages. When I was a student at a university, I took various language classes so, some of these words I have already recognized.

Coffee is one of the largest beverages industry in the world. I'm sure many companies saw this and started investing in the industry.

Thank you for taking the time to leave a valuable comment, Nikhil.

Liza (author) from USA on August 28, 2020:

Hi Danny, good to know that! My husband and I are coffee lovers. We start our day with coffee. It gives great energy before I started working out and continue doing other activities. Thanks for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on August 28, 2020:

FlourishAnyway, I know someone in my family that didn't drink coffee at all. My younger sister. I think I've got the idea now :) My father is a tea drinker and my mom is a coffee drinker. Yes, coffee is a great exfoliator. It is a great way to re-use the grounds.

Liza (author) from USA on August 28, 2020:

Hi Prithviraj, thank you! As a coffee connoisseur, I am in a happy mood to celebrate the month. It's a great way to passing the summer before getting to the Fall season. The tips on how to find out if the coffee beans fresh or not are easy to follow.

Liza (author) from USA on August 28, 2020:

The study approves that coffee and tea have health benefits. However, I have to be biased if I had to choose between these two beverages :) Thank you for commenting, Linda. I appreciate it.

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on August 28, 2020:

Hi Liza,

Happy National Coffee Month

I enjoyed reading your article. An interesting and informative hub.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Nikhil Sharma from India on August 28, 2020:

I completely agree with you about recognizing the importance of coffee in our lives even if we don't celebrate National Coffee Day widely.

With your hub, I get to know how and from where the word 'coffee' originated and what is it called in different languages. Even I also love the way coffee beans smell.

Maybe this is the reason why many companies try to inculcate the smell into perfumes, deo, or room freshers. I like your idea of describing a piece of information in such a unique way. Thank you for this enlightening piece. Well done!

Danny from India on August 28, 2020:

Liza, I am a big fan of coffee but was not aware of its dedicated day. Thanks for this enlightening piece.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 28, 2020:

I’m not a coffee drinker at all but the exfoliator with the coffee grounds is a great idea. Both my parents and daughter are big coffee drinkers.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on August 28, 2020:

Hi Liza,

Happy National Coffee Month!

I enjoyed reading the informative article. Thanks for giving knowledge about the various names of coffee and how to find the fresh beans. Nice ideas to celebrate the coffee month.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 27, 2020:

Thanks for sharing this article. I used to drink far more tea than coffee, but now I'm drinking more coffee. It's interesting to learn about different types and different ways to create the beverage.

Liza (author) from USA on August 27, 2020:

There is always something to celebrate here in the US, and the coffee month is definitely my kinda thing. Thank you for your nice comment, MG Singh.

Liza (author) from USA on August 27, 2020:

Peggy, I did the same thing with the coffee grounds. By the way, did you know you can use the grounds as a body scrub as well? Just mix it with sugar (I used brown sugar). It works great! Coffee is definitely my energy boost in the morning before I started working out and doing other activities. Let's raise the coffee mug! Thank you for commenting, Peggy.

Liza (author) from USA on August 27, 2020:

Hi Penny, I know a lot of people don't realize as it is an unofficial holiday but, to coffee connoisseurs like me and my husband, we love to celebrate the month! The word "coffee" is universal, almost all languages have a similar sound to it, which is amazing!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 27, 2020:

I didn't know there was a coffee month. The best part is, I love coffee and you wrote a wonderful article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 27, 2020:

We like starting our day with a cup or two of freshly brewed coffee. Those are useful tips about how to tell if beans are fresh. What we do with our grounds is to add them to our compost pile. Cheers to national coffee month!

Penny Leigh Sebring from Fort Collins on August 27, 2020:

I didn't even realize it was National Coffee Month, thanks for the heads up! For some reason, I really like the Swedish translation. Kaffi is just fun to write, read, and say. Great educational article.

Liza (author) from USA on August 27, 2020:

Cheers to that, Kyriaki!

Coffee is one of my favorite things in the world. It gives a great boost to my daily life. Though this is not an official holiday, my husband and I are having an appreciation month for the drink. We just added a new coffee essential to our coffee collection.

Thank you, and hope you have a great day too!

Kyriaki Chatzi on August 27, 2020:

Coffee, coffee, coffee!!

I am in love (read: borderline addicted) to the thing.

So, this sounds like my kind of holiday! :)

Hope you are having a great day, Liza!

Liza (author) from USA on August 26, 2020:

My husband and I are a coffee connoisseur. Since we are sharing the same passion, we are excited about celebrating the coffee month in the United States. Thank you for commenting.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 26, 2020:

This is an interesting and fun article. I have learnt a lot about coffee. In recent years its popularity has soared globally.