Happy National Coffee Day! Coffee is beloved by millions in so many different forms – hot brewed, cold brewed, iced, drip, foamed and from so many sources – home, independent coffee houses, mega chains, fast food restaurants, gas stations. You can enjoy coffee in just about any way from just about anywhere. Hooray for coffee! It’s so important it gets two holidays, National Coffee Day, which is Sept. 29, followed closely by International Coffee Day on Oct. 1!
The history of coffee
Who do we have to thank for coffee? Goats! Let’s take a look all the way back to the ancient coffee forest on the Ethiopian plateau. Legend has it that a goat herder first discovered the caffeinated benefits of coffee beans after witnessing his goats becoming very energetic after eating the berries from a certain tree. This farmer passed his knowledge to the abbot of a local monastery who made a drink with the berries and found himself alert through the long hours of evening prayer.
Word began to spread until the 15th century where cultivation and trade of coffee began on the Arabian Peninsula. In fact, coffee houses originated in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey beginning in the 16th century. Imagine, the popularity of coffee has sustained for over 500 years!
So let’s raise our mugs to the storied history of coffee. Want to celebrate a bit more? Here are a few tips:
Scope out freebies
A lot of big coffee retailers love to join in the celebration by giving away free cups of coffee or discounts. Check out your local coffee spots to try to score some free java!
Take a coffee nap
Ever heard of a coffee nap? It’s genius. If you’re feeling extra drowsy, drink a cup of coffee. In the 20 minutes while you wait for it to kick in, take a power nap. By the time you wake up, your little nap plus the coffee kicking in will have you feeling great for the rest of the day. Now that’s some powerful multitasking!
Try a coffee subscription
This is a great way to try out a variety of coffees and start grinding your own beans! There’s nothing quite like a fresh cup of coffee that starts out with whole roasted beans. You can choose from a variety of services, either single roaster subscriptions or multiple roaster subscriptions.
Pay it forward
Giving a cup a coffee to a friend, coworker or loved one is a great way to spread the love! Or, if you’re in line at a coffee joint, offer to pay for the coffee of the person in line behind you. It’s guaranteed to brighten someone’s day by giving the gift of coffee!
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