October 1st is International Coffee Day when events are held in various venues around the world to promote coffee. Many promote the use of Fair Trade coffee. The first official such day was in 2015 and launched in Milan by the International Coffee Organisation. I expect more cafes and other businesses selling coffee will become involved in celebrating this day in future years.
I love my coffee and think any day is a day to celebrate coffee. When I have a coffee out at a cafe I usually order a cappuccino. Occasionally I will try something different, especially if I have read about a particular type of coffee in a cafe review.
A couple of months back I 'discovered' a cafe Bonobo Espresso on the way to the Adelaide Railway Station. I ordered a cappuccino and got talking to Derek, the owner who mentioned the Nutella Latte he makes. Because he was so passionate about coffee, and the cappuccino was really good, I came back and tried the Nutella Latte the next day. In the summer I will try out the iced version.
Derek is passionate about coffee Image by Marie Vonow
At home I drink instant coffee, so that's what visitors get. Sometimes they get a choice of brand and type but it will be instant. A study carried out by Nespresso found visitors will stay longer if they get 'a good coffee' when they visit the house of a friend or family member. It is reported serving instant coffee to visitors was considered a 'no-no' by 36% of those in the study. A note to my friends, I am happy to have instant coffee when I visit, it's what I drink at home.
Different types of instant coffee Image by Marie Vonow
Facts about drinking coffee (Disclaimer, I haven't double checked these facts, I just gleaned them from a number of articles on the internet)
each day over 2250 million cups of coffee are drunk worldwide
in the USA 400 million cups of coffee are drunk each day
Australia ranks 42nd in the world for coffee consumption
6% of Australians say a 'bad coffee' from a cafe will ruin their day
47% of Australians won't return to a cafe where they got served a 'bad coffee'
Some people are very particular about their coffee, others just want that hit of caffeine, especially first thing in the morning. There are those, me included, who look at going to a cafe for their favourite coffee as a treat and like to savour their coffee. Others are happy to grab a take away coffee and gulp it down. Coffee lovers vary in the form their relationship with their favourite beverage takes.