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International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day

There are so many occasions when a good cup of coffee improves our lives: whether it be a meeting with friends, a quick pick-me-up in the morning or a jolt of energy in the afternoon, coffee has become an important part of many of our daily routines! It is thought that coffee is the number one most consumed antioxidant in the Western world and is full of important nutrients like niacin, vitamin B3, potassium, manganese, vitamin B5, and vitamin B2. The first National Coffee Day was held in Japan in 1983 by The All Japan Coffee Company. Coffee has been documented in literature as far back as 850 AD when the Greek philosopher Homer referred to a sour black liquid that was able to keep people from falling asleep (it is thought that an Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee’s stimulating effect when his goats became more active after munching on coffee beans!) In 1901, Luigi Bezzera invented the first ever espresso machine, causing a frenzy for the more concentrated beverage in Italy. It wasn’t until 1971 that Starbucks, the giant coffee conglomerate, opened in Seattle creating a new wave of accessible coffee shops and creating the phenomena of ‘take away’ coffee.

Learn more about this beloved drink with our activities!

Activity Ideas:

  • Tingle your taste buds with our delicious coffee iced lollies – here
  • Learn more about the painting ‘Jack’s Coffee Shop’ with our partners at Ben Uri Gallery – here
  • Get cooking with our chocolate chip biscotti recipe to have with a cup of coffee – here
  • Print off and enjoy our coffee-themed activity book – here