Anyone who knows me could vouch for the fact that I get VERY excited for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries…basically any occasion where you can say “Happy” or “Merry” before whatever is being celebrated. So I am delighted to announce that today is one of those days because…drumroll…it’s National Coffee Day!
After doing a quick google search/Wikipedia skim (I should know better by know not to quote Wikipedia!) of National Coffee Day, I found a nice little write up at punchbowl.com that I will share:
“So, where did coffee come from and how did it become so popular? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He realized the coffee berries had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate.
Today, over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil. Don’t forget to take a coffee break (or two) to celebrate this historical and important beverage!” taken from http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-coffee-day
My fascination with coffee began as a little girl when I would marvel at the grown-ups who drank coffee at holidays. Whenever my mom knew that a certain coffee-crazed aunt or cousin were coming to our house, she would start a pot of coffee. To me, coffee was some sort of liquid magic because after this aunt or cousin drank their first few sips of piping hot coffee, you could see a sense of calm wash over them.
Folgers coffee commercials were another huge reason why I thought that drinking coffee could give a person wings or some comparable super hero power. You remember them…the ones that were so popular in the 90’s with the catchy jingle, “Oh, the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup,” and actors doing extraordinary things because they had their morning cup of coffee.
Today, coffee is a part of my everyday morning routine…okay, and afternoon and evening routine. After I finish listening to my two alarm clock songs, I sleepily stumble to the kitchen – sometimes without my glasses which is dumb since I’m blind as a bat- fill the pot with water to the “10 line,” add about 5 spoons of coffee grounds, and hit the “start” button. A pot full of hot coffee awaits me after my shower, and I fill my favorite red mug to the brim and sip my liquid happiness. Perfect. My mug holds about two cups, so I drink that, and then fill my work thermos which holds another two cups. Then when I come home from work, I switch to iced coffee, sometimes throwing in some soy milk for a nice accent, and drink it the rest of the evening while working on homework/work/relaxing.
And so, on this National Coffee Day, I hope you treat yourself to a a cup, and I’d like to leave you with a link to my all-time favorite Folgers commercial, the one where Folgers gives dancers caffeinated super powers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imNkiRdGTfo&list=PL068DD0CA3CC10530
Happy National Coffee Day!!!!!!! 🙂