The International Coffee Organisation (ICO) has designated October 1st 2015 as the world’s first official International Coffee Day to celebrate the diversity of coffee, the passion coffee creates, and provide a chance for consumers and producers alike to learn more about the coffee industry.
“International Coffee Day is a celebration of the coffee sector’s diversity, quality and passion. It is an opportunity for coffee lovers to share their love of the beverage and support the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on the aromatic crop” (ICO, 2015)
Supported by a range of partners, from the All Japan Coffee Association to the Uganda Coffee Federation as well as ICO Member states, the day will officially be launched at the Global Coffee Forum being held in Milan.
Around the world there are lots of events taking place to celebrate international coffee day including: free espresso at Coffee Me Up in South Korea, a workshop on coffee business efficiency in Vietnam, launch of the film Caffeinated at Prufrock in the UK, coffee tastings in Loumidis Coffee shops in Greece, a coffee farm tour in Kenya, a latte art workshop at Centro Cafe in Mexico, and many more.
Wherever you are in the world, if you use twitter, check out the #internationalcoffeeday hashtag to see what’s happening in cafés and coffee businesses around the world. If you’re reading this before 9am on 1st October then you might want to take part in an online event at 9am where people will be sharing pictures of their coffee to celebrate #internationalcoffeeday.