023 Celebrate International Coffee Day with us
Tomorrow marks International Coffee Day, and here at the roastery we couldn’t be more excited about it!
A day dedicated to celebrating the drink that brings our community together, we wanted to take this time to show our appreciation to our Odd Kin fam.
Roasting beans for people who share our passion for coffee is nothing short of an honour and blessing.
And without you guys, none of what we do would be possible.
So, to each and every one of our customers - a massive thank you from us for your ongoing support!
To celebrate this special day, we’ll be offering 10% off our speciality coffee beans until midnight on Sunday.
Once you’ve grabbed a bag of coffee (or two, or three), use the code WELOVECOFFEE at checkout.
In the meantime, we’ve put together some info about International Coffee Day that we think makes for an interesting read - enjoy!
- When is International Coffee Day 2022?
- What is the day all about?
- Different ways to celebrate
- International Coffee Fact of the Day
When is International Coffee Day 2022?
Across the globe there are lots of coffee days commemorated throughout the year.
While several nations celebrate ‘National Coffee Day’ on 29th September, the UK recognises ‘International Coffee Day’ two days later.
An event observed annually on 1st October, this year International Coffee Day falls on a Saturday - which means you can kick off your weekend with a tasty cup of joe to celebrate!
What is the day all about?
No one knows exactly when or where International Coffee Day originated.
However, as early as 1983, the All Japan Coffee Association promoted a national Coffee Day intended to unify the Japanese coffee industry.
The event was held on October 1st to coincide with the start of their annual peak national coffee usage.
Over the years, the idea of dedicating a day to celebrating coffee continued to grow in popularity - with more and more countries adopting the concept and hosting own coffee days.
Then, in 2015, the International Coffee Organization officially acknowledged International Coffee Day as a celebration, launching their first event in Milan on October 1st.
“International Coffee Day is a celebration of the coffee sector’s diversity, quality and passion. It is an opportunity for coffee lovers to share their love of the beverage and support the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on the aromatic crop.”
- International Coffee Organization
How to celebrate International Coffee Day:
1. Support direct trade and green coffee imports:
An important part of International Coffee Day is taking time to recognise the ongoing challenges coffee farmers and producers face on a daily basis.
By choosing to buy coffee beans from businesses that support ethical imports, you help to ensure everyone involved in the process is fairly compensated for their craft.
Here at Odd Kin, we only ever work with green importers who source coffee responsibly.
We’re also busy fostering direct trade relationships with farmers from different origins to ensure long-term sustainable relationships.
2. Test out a new brewing method:
One of the things we love most about coffee is its versatility - which makes it perfect for experimentation!
If you enjoy home coffee brewing, why not spend Saturday exploring new brewing techniques or working on your latte art skills?
Our brew guides are full to the brim with exciting ways to prepare coffee at home, with step-by-step instructions from trained baristas and roasters.
Top Tip: Take this one step further and treat yourself to a new brew kit. Our October recommendation is the AeroPress Go. A versatile coffee maker that really gives brewers the opportunity to experiment with their coffee!
3. Hit your favourite local coffee shop
Coffee is more than a cup of beans. It’s a way of life and here at the roastery we love the community aspect of our industry.
Another great way to celebrate International Coffee Day and support independent coffee shops is to gather your pals together for a coffee date at your fave spot.
4. Treat your friends and family:
One thing I’m certain all of us caffeine lovers can agree on - you can never go wrong with a coffee gift!
So, if you’re feeling generous, why not pop an extra bag of beans into your cart for a loved one?
Top Tip: This October we recommend indulging in Blend Friends 001 - a nice ode to sharing this event with mates, this blend was roasted in collaboration with our friends at FCP Coffee.
5. Learn more about the coffee industry:
If you love coffee and want to increase your knowledge, tomorrow is the perfect opportunity to get cosy with a cuppa and research more about coffee.
This day is a great opportunity to understand more about all of the wonderful parties involved in the complex journey from bean to cup.
Whether you want to discover coffee origins or find out more about production methods - taking time to learn is a great way to recognise the efforts of all the key players throughout the supply chain.
International Coffee Fact of the Day:
Coffee cherries are edible: As well as containing the sacred seeds that provide us with beaut cups of coffee, the fruit of coffee cherries are edible and widely considered to be powerful superfoods.
Packed with vitamins and minerals, coffee cherries are believed to contain more antioxidants than pomegranates, açaí and blueberries.
The taste of these cherries widely depends on the origin, but generally speaking - coffee cherries are described as a sweet fruit - offering notes of hibiscus and jasmine.
However, if you want to eat these cherries - you’re gonna have to work for it. The coffee cherry only contains a small amount of edible flesh, which is covered by a layer of rough outer skin.
That's it for now folks.
All that's left to say is a big Happy International Coffee Day from all of us at Odd Kin.
PS: Don't forget to grab a bag of discounted beans!