International Coffee Day

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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 will be 1 October 2015, as agreed by the International Coffee Organization[1] and will be launched in Milan.[2] This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers.[3] On this day, many businesses offer free or discounted cups of coffee.[4] Some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers via social networking.[5] Some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards as well as free e-cards.[6][7]


In March 2014, a decision was taken by the International Coffee Organization to launch the first official International Coffee Day in Milan as part of Expo 2015.[8]

Various events have been held, called Coffee Day or National Coffee Day, with many of these on or around September 29.[9]

The exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown. An event was first promoted in Japan in 1983 by The All Japan Coffee Association (全日本コーヒー協会).[10][better source needed][11][12] In the United States "National Coffee Day" was mentioned publicly as early as 2005.[13] The name "International Coffee Day" was first used by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which called a press conference on October 3, 2009 to celebrate it and to announce the first New Orleans Coffee Festival.[14] It was promoted in China by the International Coffee Organization, first celebrated in 1997, and made into an annual celebration in early April 2001.[15] Taiwan first celebrated International Coffee Day in 2009.[16] Nepal first celebrated National Coffee Day on November 17, 2005.[17] Indonesia, which first celebrated National Coffee Day on August 17, 2006, celebrates it on the same day as Indonesia's Independence Day.[18]

National coffee days[edit]

Roasted coffee beans.
Date Countries Notes
Early April China[citation needed]
May 6 Denmark[citation needed]
May 24 Brazil[citation needed]
June 27 Colombia [19]
September 12 Costa Rica[20]
September 19 Ireland[citation needed]
September 20 Mongolia[citation needed]
September, first Saturday Germany[21]
September 28 Switzerland[citation needed]
September 29
  • Philippines || Conceived to showcase Lipa City as the longstanding "Coffee Granary of the Philippines".[25]
  • Taiwan[16]
October 1
  • Sri Lanka
  • United Kingdom
  • Pakistan


  1. ^ "How are you celebrating International Coffee Day?". International Coffee Organization blog. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "International Coffee Day". Speciality Coffee Association of Europe. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Film Highlights Coffee Industry". BBC News. June 8, 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Pflaumer, Alicia. "National Coffee Day: Where can you get your free cup today?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Monty, Chris (29 September 2011). "National Coffee Day: Perk Up, Time To Celebrate!". Blippitt Internet News Magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Send a Free Coffee Day Card". International Coffee Day. Punchbowl. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Happy National Coffee Day September 29 Greeting Card". International Coffee Day. Greeting Card Universe. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Event: International Coffee Day at the Expo 2015". Expo 2015. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Katz, Neil (September 29, 2010). "National Coffee Day: Do You Know What's in Your Joe?". CBS News. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "All Japan Coffee Association". Coffee Industry. Wikipedia. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Coffee Day - All Japan Coffee Association". International Coffee Day. All Japan Coffee Association. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Coffee Day (10.1)". International Coffee Day. ffortune. Retrieved 4 October 2011. [dead link]
  13. ^ Crezo, Adrienne (September 29, 2012). "Perk Up: It's International Coffee Day! Perk Up: It's International Coffee Day!". Mental Floss. 
  14. ^ Jones, Christopher (September 29, 2011). "Today is International Coffee Day!". sportsNOLA (Louisiana Sports News). Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "International Coffee Day". International Coffee Day. Shanghai International Studies University. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Sina News Taiwan. November 3, 2009 Retrieved 4 October 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Nepal marks 6th national coffee day". Himalayan Times. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Indonesia Celebrates Independence Day with Coffee Tasting". The Hamburg Express. 2009-10-13. Retrieved International Coffee Day.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  19. ^ Día del Café
  20. ^ "Costa Rica toasts country’s best coffees". Tico Times. September 12, 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Tag des Kaffees". Deutscher Kaffeeverband e.V. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ten things you didn’t know about coffee". Global News. September 29, 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "Internasjonal Kaffedag". Pals AS. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Velasco, Schuyler (September 29, 2011). "National Coffee Day: where to find free coffee". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Events (October)". International Coffee Day. Philippines Department of Tourism. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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