So, where did coffee come from and how did it become so popular? No one knows exactly how or when coffee was discovered, though there are many legends about its origin.
According to the National Coffee Association, coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night. Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread. As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
National Coffee Day exists for good reason. Today, over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, with 64% of adults over 18 having at least one cup of coffee a day.
Coffee is big business, especially in the United States. Americans spend upwards of $9.7 billion just on dry coffee (meaning mostly beans, whole, or ground) each year. They spend another $2.7 billion getting their fix on the go, buying liquid coffee drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos, and iced coffee.
Don't forget to take a coffee break (or two) to celebrate this historical and important beverage! Below is our list of Longmont coffee shops where you can grab your caffeine fix to celebrate this national holiday (or any day really)!