CALLING ALL COFFEE-HOLICS!
IT's NATIONAL COFFEE DAY: SEPTEMBER 29
WAKE UP AND SMELL THAT COFFEE!
"I can't imagine a day without coffee! I can't imagine!"
... Howard Schultz
What's more luscious than waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee? September 29th is a special day for coffee lovers and admitted coffee-holics! That's me! It's National Coffee Day! National Coffee Day happens to be one of my two most favorite "food related" days of the year (the other being World Chocolate Day). Click for THE ULITMATE GUIDE TO DIFFERENT COFFEES.
For all the "coffee-holics" out there (and I'm unabashedly one). I firmly believing that coffee should be its own food group. National Coffee Day is a great reason to go out and celebrate with an extra cup or two of coffee! As far as I'm concerned, coffee is always a good idea!
"Sometimes I go hours without drinking coffee. It's called sleeping."
If you know some truly serious coffee lovers did you know you can send them an e-card to mark the day, so why not surprise them with a free e-card to celebrate National Coffee Day?
Facts About Coffee:
"No matter what historians claimed, BC really stand for 'before coffee.'"
... Cerise Sinclair
2+ BILLION cups of coffee are consumed DAILY worldwide! (Have you ever wondered... how they count those cups?) I know I contribute to that number... as I'm now on my fourth cup of the morning... and the day is still young!
- 400 BILLION cups of coffee are consumed ANNUALLY worldwide!
- Specialty coffee sales are increasing by 20% per year and account for nearly 8% of the $18 billion U.S. coffee market. 43% of coffee drinkers opt for specialty coffees.
Coffee has been around since 800 AD, having been discovered in Ethiopia.
As a world commodity, coffee is second only to oil.
Coffee consumption has hit a two-decade high post-pandemic. 83% of Americans drink coffee regularly according to The National Coffee Association. 66% drink coffee every day, up 14% since January 2021. 84% of coffee drinkers now drink coffee at home. Some 150 million Americans drink three cups of coffee every day. (I know I do my share to contribute to these statistics.)
- Cappuccinos and lattes are tied for America’s most popular coffee, followed closely by plain espresso and cafe mocha.
41% of coffee drinkers use a drip coffee maker, followed by single-cup systems (27%), cold brewing (9%) and espresso machines (8%). Popularity of single cup brewing machines has soared by nearly 50% in the last five years. Americans are 24% less likely than in 2015 to prepare their coffee in a traditional drip coffee maker.
Brazil produces 40% of the world's coffee. There are 25 million small producers who make a living from coffee.
Coffee beans are not actually beans, but fruit pits.
WANT MORE FACTS ABOUT COFFEE?
"Caffeine and sugar... the two basic food groups."
... Laurell K Hamilton
Coffee "Freebies" On National Coffee Day:
In recognition of National Coffee Day, there are lots of "freebies" related to coffee today. Check them out here: National Coffee Day deals/freebies.
Brewing The Perfect Cup Of Coffee:
"Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee is even better."
... Justina Chen Headley
How to best brew a cup of perfect coffee seems to be a never-ending conversation amongst coffee lovers. I grew up drinking coffee that was percolated on a stove top. I still think that's the tastiest coffee I ever drank. And, oh, the aroma of that percolating coffee! Sadly, my mother's percolating skills did not pass down to me.
Over the years I've experimented with all the coffee brewing methods -- percolating, automatic drip machines, manual drip, coffee presses. When we built our home in 2006, I opted for a built-in Miele coffeemaker and have never looked back. There's just nothing like a freshly brewed cup each and every time. The major drawback to this machine (besides how expensive it is) is that you can't use flavored beans in it. So when the mood strikes me for a flavored cup of coffee, I go back to my automatic drip machine.
"Life is too short for bad coffee."
... Joseph Baumel
Whatever your favorite method of preparing coffee might be, here's information on how to brew that perfect cup of java:
- From Epicurious.com a series of videos on coffee brewing techniques
- EatingWell.com provides the 9 rules to making a great cup of coffee
"I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee."
... Flash Rosenberg
Cooking With Coffee:
As a "coffee-holic," I love absolutely anything coffee-flavored. So if you're like me, here are some resources for great recipes using coffee:
- 12 recipes every coffee lover needs to try
- How to cook with Coffee from Allrecipes.com
- Healthy coffee dessert recipes from EatingWell.com
Did you know there are a lots of quotes about coffee? The six quotes below totally define my personal relationship with coffee:
"Coffee is a language unto itself."
... Jackie Chan
"My birthstone is a coffee bean."
"The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drinks."
... Sir James MacKintosh
“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
... Cassandra Claire
"Never trust anyone who doesn't drink coffee."
... AJ Lee
"Everyone should believe in something. I believe I will have another coffee."
It's National Coffee Day today... so whether you're a "coffee-holic" like myself, or simply enjoy that occasional cup of coffee, why not go out and celebrate the day with a great cup of coffee!
This information about National Coffee Day is provided by Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker, Greater Charlotte residential real estate expert and coffee lover.
If you're considering purchasing or selling a home near one of Charlotte's great coffee houses or anywhere in the Charlotte region, I'd love an opportunity to earn your business, exceed your expectations, and to show you why experience matters and how:
And let's do it over a cup of coffee!