Attention coffee lovers! Today, September 29th is your special day! 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).
For all the "coffee-holics" out there (like me), what a great excuse to go out and celebrate with an extra cup or two of coffee! And if you know some truly serious coffee lovers, why not surprise them a free e-card to celebrate National Coffee day?
Facts About Coffee:
More than 400 BILLION cups of coffee are consumed annually worldwide! (Have you ever wondered... how they count those cups?)
Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around 800 AD.
As a commodity, coffee is second only to oil.
83% of Americans drink coffee regularly according to The National Coffee Association. 54% drink coffee every day. Some 150 million Americans drink three cups of coffee every day. (I know I do my share to contribute to these statistics.)
40% of the world's coffee is produced in Brazil.
Coffee beans are not actually beans, but fruit pits.
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:
It seems to be a never-ending debate amongst coffee lovers... how to best brew a cup of coffee. I grew up drinking coffee that was percolated on a stove top (and still think that's the tastiest coffee I ever drank). Unfortunately my mother's percolating skills did not pass down to me. Over the years I've tried all the methods--percolating, automatic drip machines, manual drip, coffee presses. When we built our home in 2006, I installed 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.
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
Cooking With Coffee:
Being the "coffee-holic" that I am, I love absolutely anything coffee-flavored. So if you're like me, here are some resources for great recipes using coffee:
- 14 top-rated coffee recipes from Epicurious.com
- 7 ways with coffee from MyRecipes.com
- Healthy coffee dessert recipes from EatingWell.com
Did you know there are a tons of quotes about coffee? Two of my favorite quotes, which totally define my personal relationship with coffee, are:
"Coffee is a language unto itself." ... Jackie Chan
"I can't imagine a day without coffee! I can't imagine!" ... Howard Schultz
It's National Coffee Day today... so whether you're a "coffee-holic" like myself, or not, why not go out and celebrate the day with a great cup of coffee! (And by the way, if you miss celebrating National Coffee Day today, you can make up for it on January 20th when "coffee-holics" observe National Coffee Break Day.)
This information about National Coffee Day is provided by Nina Hollander/Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker, your Charlotte metro area residential real estate experts and coffee lovers.
If you're considering purchasing or selling a home anywhere in the Charlotte metro area, I'd love an opportunity to earn your business, exceed your expectations, and to show you how:
I Love Coffe Image courtesy of Iamnee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net