Celebrate National Coffee Day–An American Tradition

Yesterday morning, I adjusted the pillows on my bed and sat up, then accepted the cup of coffee Joe had brought me. (I’m spoiled, I know!)

I sat cup on the table beside the bed to cool and reached for my phone to check the time, weather, website stats and any Facebook posts that might require my immediate attention.

A few minutes later, I reached for a drink. Noticing the cup was dangerously close to the edge of the desk, I admonished myself to pay attention to where I sat the cup next time.

“Today is International Coffee Day,” the headlines caught my attention and  I continued to read. Coffee is celebrated worldwide.

My coffee was still hot, so I took a few small sips and returned it to the table. I let go of the cup just before it tumbled upside down beside the bed, and onto my c-pap machine and the wooden box and books I had it sitting on.

I would like to say I ran to the bathroom for a towel to clean it up, but I had just woke up and had downed only a few small sips of coffee. I was in no shape to run anywhere. ‘Stumbled’ was a more appropriate word.

I made it back with the towel and used it to soaked up as much coffee up as possible. My biggest concern was the c-pap. It still came on when I flipped the switch, so all was well.  I dried the books and box  the best I could and carried the wet towel to the washer.

Thirty minutes after christening my bedroom in honor of International Coffee Day, I continued the celebration with a second cup of coffee, something I don’t usually do, but this is a special day, right?

My cup was soon empty, this time because I had drank it. Still thinking about International Coffee Day, I went to my computer to learn more about it. I found the United States first mentioned National Coffee Day in 2005. The first recorded celebration of coffee was in Japan in 1983. Many companies give away free coffee each year on September 29th in honor of  the special day.

As I read, I began to think about all the special days that have been added to our calendar in the recent years: Grandparents’ Day and Talk Like a Pirate Day to name a few. I guess it is only appropriate to celebrate coffee, too. After all, coffee goes way back. Most western and pioneer books treat coffee as a necessary staple. Most adults have learned to depend on the boost the caffeine provides.

Joe, has relied on coffee most of his life. I became a regular partaker of the brew only after I gave up the sugary sodas. We travel often, though and the coffee from truck stops isn’t consistent in flavor or strength. Several years ago we found a brand of instant coffee we liked and have since carried a thermos of hot water and a container of Taster’s Choice.

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Most truck stops let us fill a thermos with hot water free or for a minimal charge. Besides always being able to have fresh coffee with consistent flavor, it is cheaper than buying it ready-made when we travel. We save several hundred dollars a year by carrying our own.

Coffee has around a long time. Americans have depended on it for centuries. The trend hasn’t faded over the years. What with iced coffees and cappuccinos and whole stores devoted to the beverage, I suppose it is appropriate to have a special day to celebrate the beverage. I believe International  Coffee Day is here to stay.

At home I prefer to drink my coffee black, but after a day of working outside in the heat, nothing satisfies like a Caramel Iced Coffee.

I’ve had my say, now it’s your turn. What is your favorite coffee drink?

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Author: marthajanecurtis

I was born in the late fifties, which puts me somewhere between senior discounts at the Good Will Store and Social Security,or Old Age Pension, as it was once called. The first few years into my new status, I came to the conclusion that it was time to simplify my life and get rid of l my collections, leave the TV on all day, and prepare to die. But I still enjoy my collections, I don't even like television, and I have much more that I want to do before I die, so I designed a plan of my own. My aspirations are more than I have time to list, and many more than I can ever hope to achieve, but I have purposed to accomplish all that I can. I am self-employed at selling vintage flatware and anything else I find that interests me, at antique shows and on eBay. It is not a "high-paying" job, but it allows me to set my own schedule and be available when my family needs me. My family is important to me. Joe and I have been together for fourteen years; through trial and triumph, joy and sorrow, plenitude and penury. He is supportive of me in all that I do. I am mother to four wonderful children, one deceased, step mother to five and grandmother to sixteen, soon to be seventeen. I am happy in the relationships I have with Joe and our family and friends, but the relationship I treasure most is the one I have with my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The desire of my heart for some time now has been to teach others how to have that relationship. I began attending meetings of a writers club with a friend a little over a year ago. I kept hearing the term "called to write." I considered myself a teacher, not a writer, but then one day God showed me I could teach through writing. Now, besides the many other things I am and aspire to become, I am a writer.

3 thoughts on “Celebrate National Coffee Day–An American Tradition”

  1. I’m liking Folgers hazelnut coffee right now with stevia to sweeten it a bit! I’m careful to drink my daily 3 cups of coffee before noon because I like to sleep. Thanks, Martha! A fun read 🙂

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    1. Edie, I like the flavor of hazelnut coffee, too. I used powdered hazelnut creamer in my coffee for a long time, but gave it up in hopes of shedding some pounds. I still use it when I resort to making iced coffee at home. Thanks for stopping by!

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