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A perfect day for that perfect morning beverage!
While the U.S. and Canada celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29, other nations mark this day throughout the calendar. International Coffee Day happens just two days later on October 1. We, however, think it is worth celebrating anytime!
Fun Things to Do
- Drink some coffee with friends – National Coffee Day encourages folks to gather at their favorite coffee shop for the conversation as well as the java. After all, that was the original function of coffee houses and cafes!
- Experiment with coffee – If you’re ready to move beyond your same-old, same-old coffee brewer, it’s time to get adventurous. Lots of Americans swear by the taste of coffee produced in a French press. Others prefer Chemex brewers, Turkish coffee pots, or cold-brew drip makers. Whichever method you try, make sure the coffee is excellent quality, because that’s what really matters!
- Invite a local coffee roaster to go over the process – Go online and search for a roaster near you. Everyone will learn about the different kinds, how it is grown, handled, and roasted!
Coffee Crafts to Do
- Coffee filters are the easiest and cheapest craft material – these butterflies are fun and can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them!
- These coffee filter scented flowers from Simply Designing make full and pretty bouquets!
- Do you have advanced crafters? Here’s some home decorating crafts using coffee beans
- Here’s some other great ideas!
Food & Coffee Ideas
Home Grounds has a great list of food pairings for coffee! Try them out and see how the flavors meld!
For those who truly think that the perfect cup of coffee is only enhanced by adding a great edible treat on the side, we’ve come up with several of the best sweet and savory food pairings for your next cup. Here’s our list:
- Plain Butter Croissant – This well-known French pastry pairs nicely with coffee from Colombia or Peru.
- Cheese – yep, you read that right! One wouldn’t normally think of cheese and coffee as a likely pair, but when you get it right, the two can be a truly delicious combination. When pairing cheese and coffee, stay away from softer cheeses like Brie and Swiss. Their flavors are a bit too delicate, and can get lost in the complexity of a good, strong cup of coffee.
- Chocolate – As any mocha lover can attest, coffee and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Coffee connoisseurs can take things up a notch by investing in high quality, artisan chocolate to enjoy alongside their favorite cup. As a general rule, Latin American-grown coffee is known to pair especially well with chocolate.
- Berries – This one might come as a surprise, but any berry (alone or baked in sweets) pairs nicely with coffee. Berries are especially delicious when paired with Tanzanian and Haitian grown coffee varieties.
- Caramel – Like chocolate, caramel is another classic coffee pair. And for good reason! Caramel and coffee are perfect for one another, with Latin American-grown coffee varieties being known to pair particularly well with caramel.
- Coffee Cake – nope, we didn’t forget coffee cake. After all, how can you forget a food with coffee in its name??
Our YouTube Coffee Playlist
Learn about how it is grown and made here! We have also included some ASMR videos for those with hyper-stimulation issues.
Here’s our Coffee Movie List!
- A Film About Coffee (2014) – Director Brandon Loper seeks to answer the question – what makes specialty coffee so special? Traveling to Rwanda, Honduras, and cafes in Japan and the US, he explores how coffee is important to daily lives. A beautifully filmed look at the coffee journey from farm to cup.
- Barista (2015) – This documentary, directed by Rock Baijnauth, follows five baristas preparing for the prestigious National Barista Championship. This is a must-watch for those interested in the technical side of coffee making, showing just what goes into making the perfect cup of coffee. But in the end, what stays with you is the passion and dedication to the craft of everyone involved.
- Baristas (2019) – Another documentary by director Rock Baijnauth that explores the world of competitive coffee making with this 2019 sequel.
- Coffee Heroes (2020) – Another look at the World Barista Championships, but this time from the first woman winner – Agnieszka Rojewska.
- Black Gold (2006) – We are here to celebrate coffee, but it’s also important to look at the dark side of this favorite drink. People consume more than two billion cups of coffee every day, yet so many of the farmers involved don’t make a sustainable income. Director Marc James Francis follows businessman Tadesse Meskelas as he attempts to secure fairer prices for 70,000 Ethiopian coffee growers.
- Caffeinated (2015) – Hanh Nguyen and Vishal Solanki document interviews with people at each stage of coffee production who share how this bean has impacted their life.
- Into The Coffee (2017) – A more intimate and smaller view of the impact of coffee. Barista Della Mifti shares her thoughts on why she’s passionate about her job and what it means to work in a male-dominated field as she goes through the steps of opening her coffee shop for the day.
Music to Drink Coffee To
Here’s our YouTube Playlist! It includes some coffee shop ambience to play in the background when you are doing something social for your All About Coffee Day!
- Too Much Coffee – Toni Price
- The Coffee Song – Frank Sinatra
- Java Jive – The Ink Spots
- One More Cup of Coffee – Bob Dylan
- You’re the Cream in My Coffee – Nat King Cole
- Cigarettes and Coffee – Otis Redding
- One Cup of Coffee – Bob Marley
- Black Coffee – Ella Fitzgerald
- A Cup of Coffee – Johnny Cash
- Coffee Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
- Coffee Cantata – Johann Sebastian Bach
- The Coffee Song – Cream
- Tom’s Diner – Susanne Vega