Wake Up: It’s National Coffee Day
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It’s weird to think that one day out of the year has been designated to honor coffee. After all, to most of us, every day is coffee day. However, National Coffee Day is celebrated annually on Sept. 29, so if you need a reason to celebrate your love of java, there it is. Coffee is one of the most beloved morning beverages and it is a billion dollar industry. So whether you drink it hot or iced, back or with flavored creamers, you can raise your cup in a toast to coffee. You can also book a trip that pays homage to your favorite drink.
According to the National Coffee Association, the ideal conditions for coffee trees to thrive are found around the world in along the Equatorial zone called “The Bean Belt,” located between latitudes 25 degrees North and 30 degrees South. Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries around the country, and some of these countries offer tours of coffee factors and sample a cup of joe:
Costa Rica: Coffee production has played a key role in Costa Rica's history and you can explore the area’s coffee production and examine the life of a coffee plant from seed to fruit. You’ll learn how the pulp is removed and the coffee is made and learn more about the immigrants who come to the area during coffee season. You can enjoy the Don Juan Coffee Tour, as well as a tour of the Espiritu Santo’s 640-acre high-quality Arabica coffee plantation located in Naranjo. Doka Estate and Cafe Monteverde tours are available.
Hawaii: It’s the location of many coffee plantations. At one point, coffee was grown in every district on Hawaii. Today the Kauai Coffee company offers a complimentary walking tour where you can learn about Hawaiian history and the coffee grown on their estate. Walking tour signs identify five different coffee varietals. Other tours include the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, which also hosts the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, which will be held Nov. 4 – 13 and includes a pageant, farm tours and art exhibits.
Jamaica: Rum isn’t all this island is known for. Tour the majestic Blue Mountains and visit a working coffee plantation, where coffee grown at more than 3,000 feet above sea level in the Blue Mountain range can claim the name "Blue Mountain."
Brazil: Take a tour of São Paulo and visit a “Fazenda de Café” where there is still a small production of coffee. This two-hour tour will teach you about the history of Brazilian coffee and, of course, you’ll taste it!
There are also national and international coffee festivals, such as the Milwaukee Coffee Festival that was founded in 2013 and hosts a one-day event in September. The NYC Craft Coffee Festival kicks off in Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 with 20 specially curated roasters and coffee shops. On Nov. 5, the Espresso Martini Festival takes place in Melbourne, Australia.
If you’re in Russia, stop by the Coffee Museum, which was founded in St. Petersburg. You’ll learn about the benefits of coffee and the history of the beverage.
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