National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day National Coffee Day this year (2014) is September 29th.  This day of recognition is to give inspiration to celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage and to promote fair trade coffee and to increase awareness for the betterment of coffee growers.

National Coffee day is observed annually on September 29th as well as in other countries worldwide. Many businesses will offer free or discounted cups of coffee, even sharing some coupons and special deals as part of the national coffee day celebrations.

The “Japan Coffee Association” were the ones that promoted International Coffee Day, and celebrated the day for the first time in Japan in 1983. The term “International Coffee Day” was first used by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (New Orleans) during a press conference held on October 3, 2009 aiming at ‘International Coffee Day’ and to declare the first New Orleans Coffee Festival.

On September 29, 2014 the museum has a new home, and you can read about it here on their web-site: Cut the Ribbon at SoFAB’s New Home! , they even have a clock counting down. How fitting that the 29th is ribbon cutting day, the day they coined the term “International Coffee Day.”

According to Wikipedia Switzerland celebrates National Coffee Day on September 28th, and September the 29th the following nations celebrate National Coffee Day…

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. England
  4. Ethiopia
  5. Hungary
  6. Malaysia
  7. New Zealand
  8. Norway
  9. Sweden
  10. United States

Japan will celebrate National Coffee day October 1st.

We wanted to share some desserts you can prepare to have with that cup of coffee on National Coffee Day. The first one is:

Chocolate Mexican Coffee CakeChocolate Mexican Coffee Cake 

Coffee: Has been proven to reduce risk for diabetes and Parkinson’s. It also stimulates enzymes that protect against colon cancer. It is Chlorogenic acid and it is one of the main caffeic acids found in coffee that has antioxidant properties….Read More and Get the Recipe Here

Next we have:

Tips for Making Great Iced CoffeeMaking Great Iced Coffee

Some people object to acidity in their cold coffee. Cold brewing greatly reduces the acid content of coffee, it will lower the acidity one full pH point verse hot brewed coffee…Read More Here and Get the Recipe.

Here are some great ideas about coffee we have shared in previous articles, like Coffee-Grinding Tips and Facts or Coffee: Facts, Myths, and Trivia.

We are all in different places and can’t come together to share a cup of coffee, so I send this to you all for the morning of September 29 (2014)…

National Coffee Day

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If you do get yourself a cup of coffee at your local coffee house on National Coffee Day, don’t forget to recycle your cup.recycle your paper cup on National Coffee Day

 

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Making Great Iced Coffee

Making Great Iced Coffee

Summer is finally upon us and most days are just too warm for hot cup of java juice. Below are some tips to help you make a great iced coffee.

Start with Fresh Coffee Beans

A great iced coffee was never made using stale beans so avoid buying your beans on sale. If you don’t drink iced coffee often, consider buying fresh beans at a coffee shop where you can buy only the amount you need for the occasion.

Taste Test

Hot coffee tastes different than cold coffee. So to get an idea of how your coffee will taste cold let a hot cup cool to room temperature. This little test will help you decide what tastes perfect to you.

Use Fresh Ice

Ice has a tendency to get a stale if it sits in the freezer unused for too long. If you’re wondering whether your ice is helping of hurting your iced coffee, it’s easy to test: let a few cubes melt and come to room temperature, then taste the resulting water. If it’s water you would want to drink by the glassful, you’re in good shape. If not, toss out the old ice and make fresh. If it still tastes stale, buy a bag of ice, the cost is worth the boost in flavor.

Brew it StrongIced coffee cubes - Making Great Iced Coffee

Brew your coffee on the strong side as it will be weakened by the ice. To keep from diluting your drink, brew a pot of coffee and freeze into ice cubes. Use frozen coffee cubes in place of regular ice cubes to keep from diluting or weakening the flavor.

Brewing Your Coffee Cold

Some people object to acidity in their cold coffee. Cold brewing greatly reduces the acid content of coffee, it will lower the acidity one full pH point verse hot brewed coffee.

Put 3/4 cup ground coffee in a quart Mason jar, fill with water and stir. Cap it and put in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Strain the resulting concentrate through a coffee filter to remove the grinds. Add water to taste when you’re ready to drink. You can even heat the reconstituted beverage for a quick, low-acid cup of hot coffee.

Don’t use Burnt Coffee

Saving leftover coffee for iced beverage is often fine, but don’t be tempted to use the dregs of a burnt pot. If it doesn’t taste good hot, it definitely won’t taste good cold.

Add some zip to your iced coffee

Adding fruit flavors such as strawberry, orange, blueberry, cherry and even spices like nutmeg, cinnamon or cardamom are a great way to perk up your coffee  drink. The important thing is to have fun with it! Try lots of new things. Vary your usual routine. The worst that can happen is you won’t like it. You can always try something else!

If you’re short on time and don’t have a stash of reconstituted coffee available, try this recipe using instant coffee.

Vanilla Iced Coffee

2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cold water
1 1/4 cups milk
Chocolate shavings (optional)
Sugar (optional)

Directions:

Put the first 5 ingredients into a blender.
Pulse blend until the ingredients are smooth and frothy.
Add the cold milk and pulse blend until all the ingredients are blended well.
Pour of a few cubes of ice, add the chocolate and voila!

If you desire, add the ice to the blender after the first five ingredients have been blended and crush the ice and then add the milk and mix.

 

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