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October 1st Is International Coffee Day

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My husband and I are avid coffee drinkers. We used to drink a lot of coffee at coffee shops, and now we love making our own coffee at home.

Let's celebrate International Coffee Day together!

Let's celebrate International Coffee Day together!

International Coffee Day: Let's Celebrate!

Did you know coffee drinkers consume some 2 billion cups of coffee every day; Americans alone drink close to 150 billion cups a year. Without a doubt, coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. In a recent survey, coffee is at number two after tea is crowned the most widely consumed drink in the world.

Let's celebrate it together. I have amazing ideas on how we can celebrate International Coffee Day!

In this article, I'll give you everything you need to know about my favorite beverage.

You can find:

  • A Brief History About Coffee
  • 8 Ways to Celebrate International Coffee Day
  • Know the Coffee Beans Type
  • Know Your Favorite Coffee Type
  • How to Brew Espresso Perfectly at Home
  • How to Keep Coffee Fresh at Home (Video)

A Brief History About Coffee Evolution

The history of coffee is quite interesting. According to historical records, coffee is originally from Ethiopia. The most widely known record features an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. Kaldi discovered the goats were eating small red berries, and as a result, they had more energy than usual. He concluded that was the cause of their behavior. Kaldi decided to share his observations with a monk, who wanted something to help him stay awake all night as he prayed. However, the monk refused and threw the beans into the fire. Guess what? The pleasing aroma that came from it was wonderful.

Suddenly, coffee made its way through the north into the Middle East. In the 15th century, the beans arrived in Yemen via the port of Mocha. The drink became immensely popular in the region of Arabia. Next, the Arabians became the gatekeeper for coffee, and these beans began large-scale coffee farming in Southern India. In 1560 coffee made its way through Europe and quickly became popular. As the 1600s rolled on and coffee houses sprung up all over Europe, the beans followed the wave of colonization and found themselves in America.

8 Ways To Celebrate International Coffee Day

  1. If you own an espresso machine at home, be a barista for the day by making coffee at home.
  2. Go to your favorite coffee shop and order coffee for yourself and your office colleagues.
  3. Take a picture of a cappuccino or latte you made and post it on social media with the hashtag #internationalcoffeeday.
  4. Take advantage of International Coffee Day from the comfort of your home. If you own a coffee grinder, use the holiday as an opportunity to buy some of your favorite coffee beans at discounted prices.
  5. Enjoy a nice hot coffee with delicious sweet desserts such as a muffin or a sliced chocolate cake. Yum!
  6. Go to the International Coffee Day website and learn how to get involved with the event.
  7. Check your local coffee shops and see if they are offering free coffee in celebration of the holiday.
  8. Last but not least, drink coffee with other coffee enthusiasts you know.
Arabica is my favorite when making coffee at home.

Arabica is my favorite when making coffee at home.

An espresso.

An espresso.

Coffee Types

1. Espresso

Espresso is a full-flavored, concentrated form of coffee that is served in shots. Espresso is often blended from several roasts and varietals to form a bold—not bitter—flavor. It is made by forcing pressurized hot water through very finely ground coffee beans using an espresso machine. An espresso should be dark black and have a thin layer of brown froth on top, known as the crema.

A cappuccino.

A cappuccino.

2. Cappuccino

Cappucino is now one of the best-known coffee drinks in the world. It is an espresso-based drink. It has a rich and bold taste, as any espresso would, but the flavor is toned down slightly by the steamed milk. A cappuccino is made by pouring a double espresso into a cup and then topping up with steamed milk and foam in a ratio of about 1:1:1.

A caffè latte.

A caffè latte.

3. Caffè Latte

Latte is the Italian word for milk, and caffè latte literally means "milk coffee." Like espresso, a caffè latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. It's started by extracting the coffee from the espresso machine. The milk added in a caffè latte makes it sweeter by reducing its perceived strength as well.

An Americano.

An Americano.

4. Americano

An Americano is made by first making an espresso shot, or maybe a double, and then simply adding hot water to make a long drink. It is one of the simplest and well-known coffee types you can make at home as it has a similar taste to brewed coffee. However, be careful when you add a lot of water to the espresso because it will reduce its bitterness, but it could taste too watery.

A cold brew.

A cold brew.

5. Cold Brew

Cold-brew refers to the process of preparing the coffee—not the temperature of the final result. There are plenty of methods for making cold brews. Generally, it begins with scooping the ground coffee into a cold brew coffee maker (or jar or pot) and then adding room temperature water and letting it soak for a while, usually 12 hours or more.

An iced coffee with French vanilla flavored.

An iced coffee with French vanilla flavored.

6. Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is brewed using hot water to extract the flavor. You start with ground coffee, attach the portafilter to the espresso maker, and then let the machine do the work by extracting the flavor into a cup. Next, you take the espresso, pour it into a tall glass with ice cubes, and add milk. Then, you can add any additional flavorings or sweeteners like coffee creamer or syrup such as caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, or French vanilla.

How to Brew Espresso Perfectly at Home

Espresso is a fundamental coffee drink before you reconstruct the beverage into different coffee beverages, such as cappuccino or caffè latte. Therefore, it is essential to know how to perfect brew espresso if you'd like to make a delicious cup of cappuccino at home.

Here are the 8 steps you can follow to brew espresso at home:

  1. Fill up your water reservoir. The best water is spring water, but distilled water works too.
  2. Turn on the espresso machine and ensure the boiler is hot. Here's a trick: Have your espresso cup on top of the machine, so it gets warm.
  3. Grind your espresso finely. The grind size is smaller than for drip coffee. For comparison, the grind size should be comparable to table salt.
  4. Dump your espresso grounds in the portafilter, aiming to distribute them evenly in the filter basket.
  5. Give it a good tamp. Aim for about 30 pounds of pressure.
  6. Lock the portafilter into the brew head of your machine and press the brew button.
  7. Aim for a 25 seconds extraction time. Depending on how fine your coffee grounds are, this can vary up or down by 5 seconds.
  8. Drink immediately!

© 2021 Liza

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on October 05, 2021:

Hi Flourish, coffee definitely is a unique beverage. My all-time favorite is cappuccino, but, iced vanilla latte is my choice during summertime. I hope you enjoyed reading the article. Thanks for commenting!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 03, 2021:

Not being a coffee drinker, I didn't know the difference between cold brew, iced coffee, and other options so thank you.

Liza (author) from USA on October 01, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, you're welcome.

I'm happy to read people's thoughts about coffee. By the way, it's nice to know how you like to enjoy coffee with your family.

My husband and I make coffee every morning, however, we also make coffee whenever we feel to drink, sometimes, at night too!

Coffee definitely gives me great energy to start my day. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a pleasant weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on October 01, 2021:

Hi Peggy, that's great! We can be neighbors to celebrate coffee day. My husband and I have been coffee fans since we first met! I think coffee is definitely our favorite beverage weather is hot or cold. Thank you for reading and commenting! Have a wonderful weekend!

P/S: Ouch, I wonder what happened with the comment feature recently. By the way, I have an issue with not be able to see articles from some people that I've followed on my feed.

Liza (author) from USA on October 01, 2021:

You're welcome, Maria. I am happy reading people's thoughts about coffee. This morning, my husband and I have made one. However, I'm going to make my favorite cappuccino! Thank you for your comment, Maria.

P/S: I hope you'll make coffee to celebrate International Coffee Day!

Liza (author) from USA on October 01, 2021:

Hi Brenda, oh my gosh, I am shocked to hear you have given up coffee. However, I have someone in my family (my younger sister) who doesn't drink coffee at all. I'm still trying to figure out why she doesn't like coffee. LOL. My husband and I enjoy drinking coffee too much!

Hey, it's not too late to grab one. Maybe just one? LOL.

Thanks for your entertaining comment, Brenda. Have a great and awesome weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on October 01, 2021:

Hi Umesh, thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on October 01, 2021:

Hi Pamela, I am happy to hear you enjoy drinking coffee. My husband and I are coffee lovers. We drink coffee before starting our daily routine.

Coffee really gives us extra energy. I'm glad you're enjoying reading the article. Have a wonderful and beautiful autumn weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on October 01, 2021:

Hi MG, my husband and I celebrate coffee every day. However, when it comes to celebrating the official day that associate with coffee we had to make it extra special :) I hope you enjoyed reading the article.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 01, 2021:

Great article about coffee, it’s history, the various types and other details. Very well presented with interesting information.

Whenever, my family is in a relaxed mood, coffee is the unanimous choice. I wasn’t aware that there is a day to celebrate Coffee. Thank you for sharing this excellent article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2021:

The history of coffee is interesting. We generally start out our mornings with a cup or two of brewed coffee. We also enjoy espresso and the other types you mentioned like cold brew, Americana, etc. Great article, Liz! BTW, I approved your comment on my recent article, but it seems to have disappeared before I could reply. Crazy!

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 01, 2021:

Great coffee article, Liza. I learned a lot reading it, so thank you. I have a small expresso maker, but haven't used it in quite a while. You've inspired me to get it out and make some specialty coffee right here at home.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 01, 2021:

Oh my God! I gave up coffee in 1984, so I didn't have the pleasure of all of these wonderful varieties.

No lattes, or espressos, etc.

They sound so delicious and it makes me want to run out and grab one.

But I won't because I might enjoy it too much.

Interesting about the beans being tossed into the fire...i liked that part.

Great write...Happy Coffee Day.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 01, 2021:

Nice information, thanks.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 01, 2021:

This is great information. I love to drink coffee. I enjoyed reading the history and the information about the different types of coffee. Thank you for sharing.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 01, 2021:

Great information, I love coffee and it's fine to know that there is an international coffee day. Wonderful and thanks for sharing.

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