Happy International Coffee Day, my fellow coffee lovers! Every day is coffee day here at Bean There, but today, October 1, we’re extra caffeinated and no one can judge because it’s a holiday.

International Coffee Day is one of those fun “holidays” that you never know about until you see it on social media. But once the latte art pics start rolling in, it’s hard not to celebrate. Before you dive into that fresh pot, learn the reason for the season.

Latte Art - international coffee day
Keurimdang, Cheonan, South Korea

What is International Coffee Day?

International Coffee Day is a celebration of the coffee sector’s diversity, quality and passion.

International Coffee Organization

You may be surprised to know that as far as holidays go, this is a relatively new one. It was officially set in 2014 by the 77 member states of the International Coffee Organization (ICO). Prior to that, countries around the world had been celebrating their own National Coffee Days on various dates throughout the year.

In March of 2014, the ICO voted to add some cohesion to their love of coffee. They recognized October 1 as International Coffee Day, “a single day of celebration for coffee lovers around the world.”

National Coffee Days

Many countries still hold their own national coffee celebrations in addition to International Coffee Day. Can you ever really have too many days to celebrate coffee?

  • In the United States and Canada, National Coffee Day is Sept. 29th.
  • The UK has a whole week dedicated to coffee and local cafes. It acts as a fundraiser for Project Waterfall. This year it begins on Monday, October 18.
  • January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day but Ireland celebrates their coffee day on Sept. 19th
  • Brazil celebrates on May 24th
  • Costa Rica celebrates on Sept. 12th
north perk coffee petoskey michigan
North Perk Coffee, Petoskey, MI

How to Celebrate

If you’re feeling festive, there’s no easier way to start than with your morning brew. Pick your favorite beans, your favorite mug, and enjoy! Take some time to research your beans and maybe even learn a it about where they come from. Each coffee country and farmer has a unique story behind them.

If you’re out and about, you may be able to score some deals for the day. Many cafes will offer discounts to celebrate. Check your local spots first, then browse this list for bigger brands. Stock up on at home coffee as well with subscription box deals from companies like Atlas or Bean Box.

Of course, what is a holiday if you don’t celebrate with loved ones. Meet a friend for coffee. Bring one in for your favorite coworker. Schedule a date night for some espresso martinis. It is a Friday, after all.

Let me know how you’ll be celebrating this year. Cheers!

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About Author

Kiersten is a former barista, current travel writer, and forever coffee addict. Learn more about your coffee shop tour guide here.

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