Did you know that the 1st of October is International Coffee Day? Unlike many of the celebratory days that seem to be springing up, however, this one is big business. The International Coffee Organisation has 77 member states around the globe, and most of them are planning events to mark the occasion.
One of the UK events will be 3 days of coffee tasting and cakes at the Quaker Centre Café in London. Norway is hosting the world’s largest coffee party in Oslo. And in Italy you could join the Italian Touring Club as they celebrate the day. Pretty much anywhere you go in the world on 1st October, you might sense the aroma of coffee appreciation activities.
Even if coffee is not your cup of tea, it is hard to ignore its influence upon the world, especially as it is said to be the world’s second-largest trading commodity after oil.
From giddy goats to the press of a button…
Legend has it that an Ethiopian goatherder discovered the influential essence of coffee when his goats became over-active after eating some unusual berries. Various versions of the story expand on the discovery, suggesting that he threw the berries on the fire that night, accidentally roasting them – or that he gave them to the local monastery where they learned to dry them out in the sun. Regardless of how it was discovered that brewing the roasted bean created such aromatic and intense flavours – the drink ended up going global.
Today, you can go to any country in the world and get a coffee at the touch of a button. There are instant options, flavoured variations, exclusive blends from exotic locations, and even one that costs a fortune because it has first been digested through the belly of a civet cat.
Whether you are happy to enjoy a homemade cuppa at the cost of a few pennies or prefer to pay up to £5 for on-the-go big brand convenience, it seems that most people are influenced by this caffeinated cup of wonder.
Not everything about coffee has to be expensive
Consumerism is an odd thing sometimes. Coffee may well come second to oil in the world trading stakes, but if you do choose to buy it from one of the larger High Street outlets, you’ll be paying a higher cost per litre than you do to fill your car with fuel!
The alternative, of course, is to buy a coffee machine for your home – especially if you know a place where you can get state-of-the-art products by Krups and Dolce Gusto, to name but two, at a fraction of the retail price.
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