I missed it again this year. I missed it last year, too, and the year before that, and … actually, I have never not missed it. Sigh. What’s that? What am I talking about, you ask? NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! Sorry … didn’t mean to yell … I haven’t had my coffee ☕yet. Yesterday was National Coffee Day, when coffeehouses, donut shops and the like give out free coffee. Well, except Starbucks, that is … but more about that in a minute.
Now, I am a bit confused. Yesterday, 29 September 2017, was National Coffee Day, but Sunday, 01 October 2017 is International Coffee Day. So, does this mean I still have a chance to go hopping about from place to place and score multiple free coffees? Even more confusing is when, precisely, this holiday came into being. It was either 2009 or 2015 or 1997 or 2001. I don’t suppose it much matters … I have either missed it 9 years, 3 years, 21 years, or 17 years. Either way, I missed it this year. Sigh.
It’s rather a nice thing that some companies do to celebrate this day:
- Dunkin’ Donuts offers a buy-one-get-one-free for medium or larger
- Cinnabon offers a free 12-ounce coffee all day
- Krispy Kreme offers free coffee, any size, for three days through October 1st. There is hope after all!
- Tim Horton’s is playing one-upmanship with Krispy Kreme and says they will offer free coffee for an entire week! I don’t think we have one of those around here, though, so I shall have to shoot for Krispy Kreme.
And then there is my favourite coffee joint, Starbucks, who is offering free … nothing. 😞 But there’s this …
“Instead of free coffee, Starbucks will replace its menu board with signs detailing the company’s ethical sourcing and remind customers that they support farmers by purchasing coffee.” – Fortune, 29 September 2017
I somehow feel cheated.
According to Wikipedia …
“International Coffee Day is an occasion that is used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, with events now occurring in places across the world. The first official date was 1 October 2015, as agreed by the International Coffee Organization and was launched in Milan. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. On this day, many businesses offer free or discounted cups of coffee. Some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers via social networking. Some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards as well as free e-cards.”
Greeting cards? Seriously?
Here are some cool ways to celebrate National (or International, if you prefer) Coffee Day:
- Bake some cat shaped cookies
- Paint your face and wear kitty ears
- Give your cat a calming massage
Huh??? Something is fishy … Ohhhhh … Mr. Booker T. Washington (Boo for short) pulled up a tab on ‘20 Cool Ways to Celebrate National CAT Day’! Hmph. I know better than to leave the lid to my laptop up when I step away. One time he wrote an entire post for me! Sorry, Boo … that’s not until October 29th!
A few little known facts about coffee …
- Next to oil, coffee beans, which are actually the seeds inside the fruit of the coffee tree, are the most traded and sought after commodity in the free world.
- Before coffee was ever brewed, creamed, stirred, and drank, it was actually eaten. It is believed that a shepherd in Ethiopia, upon seeing his goats eating the coffee cherries, decided to give the fruit a try.
- New York City, also known as the Big Apple, is commonly referred to as “The city that never sleeps” and for good reason. According to health care company Massive Health, New Yorkers drink nearly seven times the amount of others!
- An ancient Arab woman could legally divorce her husband only if he didn’t provide enough coffee. (Seems like good enough reason to me)
- In 1674, the “Women’s Petition Against Coffee” said coffee was turning British men into “useless corpses” and proposed a ban for those under 60. (I wonder how they could tell? I can’t believe I said that … I didn’t mean it, honest!!)
- Finland drinks the most coffee per capita in the world. (Probably because it’s so damn cold there! They use the cups to keep their hands warm)
Well, I now know more than I did before about coffee, but I still didn’t get my free cup of java, so I suppose I might as well just pop another pod into the Keurig and be happy. Next year, somebody remind me a few days ahead of time, please? My friend Bruce, a minister, posted on Facebook, “Coffee is evidence that God loves us and wants us to experience life wide awake. Happy National Coffee Day!” Too bad I didn’t see it this morning!
Does anybody know when National Wine Day is?🍷