I write a lot about celebratory culinary days. Coffee also features heavily at Fabulous Foodie. So why, you may ask yourself, have I not covered Coffee Day? And the answer to that is: Which one?
I know you aren’t supposed to answer a question with a question but it’s the only logical response. Because there isn’t a Coffee Day. There are TONS of them.
- September 29 is most commonly referred to and accepted as International Coffee Day and is celebrated as such in Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.
- Germany and Switzerland can’t wait that long and do their coffee conga lines on Sept 28 – maybe they were over-caffeinated or something.
- Austria comes to the party a bit later – on October 1. Maybe the Austrians, or more specifically those in Vienna where ‘the coffeehouse’ was born, feel compelled by their role in the history of coffee culture to set themselves slightly apart.
- Both Denmark (May 6) and Brazil (May 24) prefer getting started much earlier – and doubtless will require more coffee as a result of the early start.
- Also quick out of the gate though a bit later in the summer, Indonesia (Aug 17) and Norway (Aug 18) join in September sees coffee cheered in Costa Rica (Sept 12) and Ireland (Sept 19)
- Asia and South Asia – where I suppose you might think it was all about tea have also given over a day to highlight coffee in their cultures and economy. In fact, Japan’s been at it since 1983 and every Oct 1 since then (Don’t tell the Viennese – they like to think they’re trendsetters). The Philippines (Oct 21) have their day shortly after that and the celebrations wrap up in November in when Taiwan (Nov 7) and Nepal (Nov 17) get into the act.
- Not to be left out, China also has a “Coffee Day” on the books but it’s a moveable day, dependent upon the timing of the Chinese New Year.
There is also Instant Coffee Day (July 24) but I see no reason to celebrate instant coffee. I barely see a reason to acknowledge it.