International Coffee Day

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International Coffee Day (also known as Coffee Day or National Coffee Day)[1] is a worldwide annual event observed on October 1[2] for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage coffee.[3] This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers.[4] On this day, many businesses around the world offer free or discounted cups of coffee.[5] Some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers via social networking.[6] Some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards as well as free e-cards to help celebrate the occasion.[7][8]


While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event. It was promoted in Japan by The All Japan Coffee Association (全日本コーヒー協会) and first celebrated in 1983.[9][better source needed][10][11] In the United States the name "International Coffee Day" originates from "National Coffee Day", which was mentioned publicly as early as 2005.[12] 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.[13] It was promoted in China by the International Coffee Organization, first celebrated in 1997, and made into an annual celebration in early April 2001.[14] Taiwan first celebrated International Coffee Day in 2009.[15] Nepal first celebrated National Coffee Day on November 17, 2005.[16] Indonesia, which first celebrated National Coffee Day on August 17, 2006, celebrates it on the same day as Indonesia's Independence Day.[17]

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 Día del Café
September 12 Costa Rica[18]
September 19 Ireland[citation needed]
September 20 Mongolia[citation needed]
September, first Saturday Germany[19]
September 28 Switzerland[citation needed]
September 29


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  3. ^ Yara, Susan (12 October 2005). "Coffee Perks". Popularity of Coffee (Forbes). Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Film Highlights Coffee Industry". BBC News. June 8, 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Pflaumer, Alicia. "National Coffee Day: Where can you get your free cup today?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Monty, Chris (29 September 2011). "National Coffee Day: Perk Up, Time To Celebrate!". Blippitt Internet News Magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Send a Free Coffee Day Card". International Coffee Day. Punchbowl. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Happy National Coffee Day September 29 Greeting Card". International Coffee Day. Greeting Card Universe. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "All Japan Coffee Association". Coffee Industry. Wikipedia. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
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  11. ^ "Coffee Day (10.1)". International Coffee Day. ffortune. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Adrienne Crezo (September 29, 2012). "Perk Up: It's International Coffee Day! Perk Up: It's International Coffee Day!". Mental Floss. 
  13. ^ Maddox, Cathy (September 29, 2011). "Today is International Coffee Day". sportsNOLA (Louisiana Sports News). Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "International Coffee Day". International Coffee Day. Shanghai International Studies University. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Sina News Taiwan. November 3, 2009 Retrieved 4 October 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Nepal marks 6th national coffee day". Himalayan Times. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Indonesia Celebrates Independence Day with Coffee Tasting". The Hamburg Express. 2009-10-13. Retrieved International Coffee Day.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. ^ "Costa Rica toasts country’s best coffees". Tico Times. September 12, 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Tag des Kaffees". Deutscher Kaffeeverband e.V. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Internasjonal Kaffedag". Pals AS. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  21. ^ Velasco, Schuyler (September 29, 2011). "National Coffee Day: where to find free coffee". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "Events (October)". International Coffee Day. Philippines Department of Tourism. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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