We all know that coffee tastes amazing, and the International Coffee Day (celebrated on 1st October) is the right time to say it again. Plus, many of us are aware of the fact that it can give us a much-needed energy boost. However, the benefits of coffee extend a lot further than this.
Coffee can help to burn fat, as it can increase metabolic rate by as much as 11 percent. Coffee also contains a number of essential nutrients, including niacin, magnesium (vitamin B3), potassium, manganese, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and riboflavin (vitamin B2). If that was not enough, coffee is the greatest antioxidant source in the Western diet.
THE HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY…
International Coffee Day also marks the long history of the most famous hot drink in the world: the properties of coffee beans are thought to have first been discovered in Ethiopia. The beans are actually the pits found in the coffee berry or cherry. The story goes that a 9th century goat herder noticed their stimulating effects on his goats and began experimenting.
Coffee drinking was originally popularised in the Arab world from around the 15th century spreading across Asia then to Italy and across Europe and to the Americas – and finally to your coffee cup.
Today, coffee is one of the world’s biggest crops so buying ethically grown coffee is all the more important.
ITALIAN COFFEE NETWORK CELEBRATES THE CULTURE OF ITALY’S ESPRESSO
On the occasion of the International Coffee Day 2020, SCA Italy, Istituto Espresso Italiano (IEI) and Consorzio di Tutela del Caffè Italiano Tradizionale (Consortium for the Protection of Traditional Italian Espresso Coffee) organise Italian Coffee Network, the first direct social event dedicated to Italian coffee. A series of experts will be on air, dealing with product and process innovation, quality in the cup, enhancement of the figure of the bartender, and ideas for spreading the culture of coffee to the customers.
ITALY’S ESPRESSO SUPPLY CHAIN IN NUMBERS
Not only blends and bars; there is an enormously large business and economic activity behind the world of espresso. Starting from the market of professional equipment (machines, grinder-dispensers and related products) which sees Italy in first place in the world with a production value of about 500 million euros, 400 of which are for exports, and over 1,200 employees. About 20 million euros were invested in this sector in 2018 alone, and research into innovation is mainly Italian.