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September 29, 2021

National Coffee Day!

National Coffee Day!

It's gonna be a great day!

Hi y'all.
I really love doing these "Fun National Holiday" posts. It's just fun to celebrate and learn something new.
You know this will probably be one of my favorites.

National Coffee Day began on September 29, 1983, in Japan as a way to promote fair trade and to raise awareness for the plight of coffee growers. 

The beginnings of coffee:
It is believed that in Ethiopia, Kaldi, a goat herder, noticed his herd having an energetic manner and being unable to sleep after eating berries from a certain tree.
It is said that Kaldi shared his finding with an abbot, who proceeded to make a drink from the berries, and discovered he could stay awake longer hours during prayers.

Coffee moves east:
After word spread of this energizing drink, "coffee" spread to the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, Egypt, Turkey, and, Syria in the 15th century. This is around the time that coffee houses, known as qahveh khaneh which were used as entertaining and meeting houses.

By the 17th century it had been brought to Europe, quickly became popular and spread across the continent.
Some were feared or were suspicious of the beverage and referred to it as "bitter invention of Satan".
Coffee quickly replaced the breakfast beverage of beer or wine, and people became more alert and able to focus on their work.
By the mid 1600s there are reported to have been over 300 coffeehouses in London alone!

Modern day coffee:
Coffee was brought to what is now New York, by the British around the mid 1600s, although it didn't gain popularity as quickly here.
It wasn't until 1773, when the colonists revolted against a heavy tax on tea imposed by King George III. The revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee. 
By the 1800s coffee was produced and shipped all over the world.
The first coffee maker, made in 1818 was the percolator. Invented by a Persian metalsmith. His percolator design is still used today.
Here's my favorite part!
In 1886, Joel Cheek, began making Maxwell house. He named the brand after the famous hotel.
The first espresso machine was made in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera.
In 1971 the first Starbucks opened in Seattle, Washington.

In 2020 studies showed that Folgers Coffee was named the most popular brand among Americans.
We know that today we can choose from a wide variety of coffee drinks. You can get it hot or cold. Regular or decaf. Breakfast, mild, medium, Columbian blends.
There are frapp├ęs, lattes, iced coffee, espressos, cappuccinos. There are even coffee flavored energy drinks, but I'm still unsure why. Coffee is already a caffeine.

Oh, and the creamers, sweeteners, and more! There are a ton of ways to enjoy your coffee.

On a regular day, I'm a Maxwell House, bold blend, with half-and-half.
If it's from a coffeehouse, usually I'll go for basic iced coffee, one shot sweetener, and cream.
I do occasionally get one of the seasonal or fancier choices, usually something mocha or white chocolate, but I have to be careful. I mean, I am the #coffeewastedmomma
So, I have to limit myself...
I do.
This is the coffee maker that I own, and we love it. My daughter and I love the single brew/Kerig for our "fancy coffees", and I love the programmable 12 cup side. My husband leaves at 5am, so having his coffee already to go when he is, works great!
Plus, he only takes about 8 or 9 of the cups, so when I get up at 6am, the other 3/4 cups are still hot and ready for me. It has a two-hour time after brewing, and then the burner shuts off automatically.
My daughter has really been wanting one of the iced coffee makers, but we've not found an affordable one. Also, I'm not sure if we would use it enough to make it worth it, or we'll use it way too much!
Either way, I'm holding out on that purchase for now.
What is your favorite coffee maker?

I love going to Pinterest to find new, easy recipes for coffee drinks. Especially now, with the holidays coming around, and all the warm flavors being more available.
How do you like your coffee?
Do you have a favorite drink recipe you'd like to share?
Does anyone buy coffee beans and grind them at home?
I would LOVE to do this more. I do own an antique coffee grinder, but it is a more decorative piece than functional.
Any recommendations on a new one?

Here is a bit of my coffee obsession. I love collecting coffee mugs. The wackier, the better.

Hope everyone enjoys their day!
Celebrate National Coffee day!
Make sure to comment your favorite or choice of coffee for today!

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