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Coffee Celebrations all Year-Long

October 11, 2012

For coffee lovers, enjoying a cuppa at a charming coffeehouse is always a day of celebration.  We never need an excuse to drink coffee.  Nevertheless, we at Coffeesnobology offer you a yearlong list of coffee observances all over the world.

Coming soon…November 24:  National Espresso Day

December 26…Coffee Percolator Day.  Thank James H. Nason and check out Coffeesnobology archives, December 25, 2010.

Begin the New Year by celebrating National Irish Irish_Coffee Week.  Check Coffeesnobology archives in January 25, 2011 for a recipe.

And January 25 is National Irish Coffee Day (that’s just how good Irish Coffee is)

February 17…National Café Au Lait Day.  Pronounced Kafe o le, means coffee with milk in French.

April 7…National Coffee Cake Day (try a coffee cake recipe, Coffeesnobology Achieves, June 2, 2011)

May 16 is National Coffee Day

May 24 is National Coffee Day in Brazil.  Brazil is a coffee giant.

Week of July 22…a whole week is set aside to celebrate coffee.

July 26…National Coffee Milkshake Day

August, all month long is National Coffee Month

September 6 is National Coffee Ice-Cream DaySeptember 12 is National Coffee Day is Costa Rica

September 19 is National Coffee Day in Ireland

September 29 is yet another day set aside for National Coffee Day

October 1 is the Japanese National Coffee Day.  Surprising, Japan is one of the largest coffee consumer in the world.


Coffee Facts Friday: Flavorable Festivals

November 3, 2011

Grab you travel mug and GPS. Coffee festivals are percolating around the world.

Saturday, Nov 5, 2011.  Enjoy New Orleans savoring delicious java at the Coffee Festival.  A highlight of the festival, besides all that is wonderful about New Orleans, is the Cupping Flight.

Next stop:  Hawaii!   Sample the richness of world famous Kona coffee in a weeklong festival from November 4 to November 13, 2011.  Check out to learn how royalty played a role in bringing the world Kona coffee.

New Delhi, India, is the place to be.   Stroll down tree-lined boulevards to savor the graciousness of this global city and rich coffee.  The India International Coffee Festival begins January 18, 2012.

And there are more grounds for celebration at Coffee fest in New York from March 9-11.  The Big Apple takes pride in serving espressos.
End your coffee tour at the London Coffee Festival on April 27 to 29.  England may be best known for their teas, but a movement is brewing toward smaller, independent coffee shops where coffee is Art.

Coffee Fact Friday: Father’s Day Coffee

June 16, 2011

Short, Tall. Skinny, Grande.  American, Italian. Those words (plus a few more)  define both coffee and fathers.

Coffee and fathers have a long history together, one that goes back farther than suburban commutes and to-go cups; farther than stagecoaches and saloons, farther than…well, dear-ole-dads have pretty much been downing their morning joe since that Ethiopian goat juiced-up on coffee berries danced with the stork.

Let’s face it. Dad’s need their coffee to face the day.

To celebrate Father’s Day, coffee shops around the country are featuring special events for their loyal customers and our beloved role models, such as the Father and Son Poker Tournament at the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, Illinois. But if that’s not in your neighborhood, no worries. Just check your local happenings – Bostonians, scan the Globe’s website for the Father’s Day coffee break on, ah, Friday.

By the time Father’ Day rolls around on Sunday the church basements will be brimming with after mass coffee and donuts.  The question is, will it be filled with coffeesnob dads? It seems after service communing around the urns is dwindling. To combat the devilishly tempting gourmet fare to which they are loosing their parishioners, Holy Spirit Church in Zagreb, Croatia has opened the Prayer Cafe. You can buy a cup of coffee for only three Our Fathers. No word on what the price is if your religious denomination isn’t Catholic.

Any way you pour it, anyway you pray it, we say: Happy Father’s Day


Wordless Wednesday

June 14, 2011

Coffee Fact Friday: Coffeehouse Events for Human Rights

May 26, 2011

May 28th is the 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International.  With over three million supporters, members, and activitists in 150 countries and territories advocating to “end grave abuses of human rights,” coffee and college have become partners.

Coffee houses are the meeting places of co-eds, test crammers, and free wi-fi surfers. And for many students, coffee and college go hand-in-hand, or, ahh, to-go-cup in hand to to-go-cup in hand.  But there is a movement afoot….and its not just about caffeinated stimulation for the overworked undergrad senses. It’s about sensitivity to human rights.

Amnesty International sponsors “coffeehouse” social awareness events, which take place in, yes, coffee houses and are orchestrated by activists from colleges across the United States from Wellesley to Claremont. The events might feature art, music, dancing…and coffee…with the gathering’s purpose of focusing on a particular issue. Between latte’s and espressos they may speak to elevate awareness on maternal mortality, orchestrate a Write-for-Rights letter campaign, or fundraise for legal support.

Latte Literature: Night of the Radishes

May 23, 2011

Sandra Benitez’s novel Night of the Radishes is a story of lost, love, redemption and renewal.  In her quest to find her brother Hub, missing for twenty years, Joe Cruz who travels with his compact Krups espresso maker along with his CDs and books befriends Annie Rush.  Over coffee, Joe explains “I drove down from California, so it was easy to bring stuff.  I don’t think I could make it without my espresso maker.”
Coffeesnobolgy understands.

Night of the Radishes is set in Oaxaca (Wah-Hah-Kuh), Mexico, known for it’s deliciously smooth Arabica coffee.  Since 1877 in the Pluma Mountain in Oaxaca, growers have followed traditional farming methods.  The coffee is a wonderfully balance of body, intense sweet aroma, low acidity with chocolate undertones.

May is Latino Book Month, and Sandra Benitez ‘s Night of the Radishes will sweep readers into the vibrant and lush beauty of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Coffee Fact Friday: Coffee Makes the World (Trade) Go Around

May 19, 2011

 (photo from the film Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee)

The third week in May is World Trade Week.  In New York United States “stakeholders” are meeting to discuss, evaluate, and forecast domestic and foreign trade. One concern is increasing exports, but coffeesnobology is betting that that discussion takes place over a cup of imported coffee.

Coffee commodities are second only to petroleum and have been an international trade commodity since the 1800s. .  The U.S. leads the top ten importing countries, which include (in descending order) Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, the U.K., Poland and the Netherlands, the latter of which began the fair trade movement in 1988.

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CFF: A Tree Grows in Ecuador

April 21, 2011

Actually, thousands of trees are now growing in the Ecuadorian Mindo Cloudforest because of a coffee-inspired green idea.  Tiny Footprint Coffee:  Carbon Negative Coffee is the brilliant collaboration of the Mindo-Cloudforest Foundation, Roastery 7 and ad agency Pocket Hercules.

Savvy coffee drinkers know we must reduce our carbon footprint.  Every pound of Tiny Footprint Coffee we coffee lovers purchase equals 54 pounds of “carbon-guzzling” trees planted as part of the reforestation project that “offsets the carbon impact of harvesting, roasting, and distribution.”

Sip and save our planet earth by enjoying delicious coffee.  And that’s a good way to celebrate Earth Day.  The 41st anniversary’s theme is a Billion Acts of Green. 
Purchasing Tiny Footprint Coffee is a leap forward.
•    Minnesota roasted, carbon-negative coffee
•    Protect vulnerable and endemic bird species
•    Restoring habitats through reforestation
•    Trees planted by locally paid help and volunteers
•    Shade-grown Arabica Beans
•    Grown on small family farms
•    Non-profit environmental conservation
•    Building Sustainability
•    Reducing carbon footprint
Check to learn where you can purchase a rich full-bodied coffee.  Even Sasquatch loves Tiny Footprint Coffee.

Latte Literature: The Geography of Bliss

April 9, 2011

Cabin fever got you down?

Then get out of your head and find your happy place while traveling the world in a book that the author describes as “One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World.”

Eric Weiner, a long time foreign correspondent for NPR, packed his suitcase and reversed his agenda from reporting on strife to discovering bliss.  But where to look? Moldova (where exactly is that)? What defines happiness –  passivity, weather, winning Powerball?

His search did not bring him to tropical locales advertised by “all-inclusive” vacation resorts, ones that sell visions of snorkeling, scratch golf, and bikini-clad baristas for one flat rate. (I can hear you asking, “why not,” – well, remember Jack Nicholson’s character in “Something’s Got to Give).  No. Eric’s quest brought him to places like Iceland, where “coffee is a staple, as necessary as oxygen,” to Bhutan, where much to this coffee snob’s dismay, “the government is corrupt, the roads slow, and the coffee instant,” to an ashram in India where no caffeine is allowed. Still, in spite of the familiar cup of joe in foreign environs, this book is not about the search for coffee bliss. Coffee is a sub-theme, a cultural reflection of the places the author visited in his search to usurp grumpiness.

If you take this literary exploration, will you discover bliss? There’s no guarantee. But what I assure you in the author is an engaging, funny, insightful travel companion. Just be sure to bring a to-go cup of your favorite brew.

Coffee Snobology’s Coffee Etymology

March 6, 2011

What’s in a name? History, culture, quirky trivia – you name it! That’s what inspired Jerry Hill to establish Fun Facts About Names Day (Monday on the first full week of March). His idea was a day dedicated to “celebrate names by learning more about them.” Here at Coffee Snobology we like to celebrate, so we wondered:  How did coffee get its name?

Let’s start in the present and trip backwards…

Coffee in English derived from the Italian caffe` and the French cafe`. The French and Italian names evolved out of the Germanic kaffee, the origin of which is attributed to the Arabic word, qahwa. This word’s etymology referred to a psychoactive beverage, also inclusive of wine. (Mind bottling, isn’t it?) From here coffee may have derived from the Turkish kahve, and finally we settle in the legendary dancing goat Kingdom of Kaffa, Ethiopia. Although somewhere in this later timeline more stories of name origin trace their roots near the Arabian shipping port of  Mocca.  And along the way, in the land between the then of little historical notation and the now of diluted documentation, came more names, such as the Ukrainian kaba and the Polish kawa.  

Well, however “coffea of the madder family” got its name, you can be sure its offspring, latte and macchiato don’t fall far from the tree.

NOTE: For Coffee Snobology’s take on the origins of the coffee snob, refer to the 7/25/2010 post in the Book Excerpts category: Evolution of the Coffee Snob.

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