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International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From?

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“…If I buy a cup of coffee, that’s karma. I now have that memory that might give me the potential desire for having cappuccino, and I walk into Starbucks, and there’s karma all over again.” Deepak Chopra

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From? Iced Java Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From? Iced Java Chip Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From?

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From?

Happy International Coffee Day! My cup above is a Java Chip Iced Frappuccino w/ whipped cream from my local Starbucks (currently in 65 countries and territories). Craving satisfied. My cup is a special treat (they also have a Starbucks Secret Menu for more exotic combos) and not the norm. I typically drink very hot coffee at home with cream and sugar; never black and rarely iced. What’s your favorite coffee extravaganza? Why International Coffee Day? I know… You are probably wondering why there is a day to celebrate coffee drinking and all the romantic and mundane ideas we attach to the practice.

Why the coffee buzz? Well, you should know there is a huge contingent of coffee sellers, buyers, drinkers and haters. Coffee is somewhat like beer – you love it or hate it – and that’s okay too. International Coffee Day was first celebrated in 1983, in Japan. The International Coffee Organization promoted and celebrated it in China in 1997, and then officially declared it an annual event in 2001. The point is that most people who drink coffee are not aware that it is a multi-billion dollar industry, or that it is also a day to promote fair trade coffee,  and raise awareness for the plight of coffee growers around the world.

“Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis — a good hot cup of coffee.” Alexander King

 International Coffee Day: Map of Exporters and Importers globally

International Coffee Day: Map of Exporters (green) and Importers (plum) globally

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From?

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From?

Do you know where your coffee comes from? How about that last cup of Joe you just inhaled? Do you know where your coffee beans comes from? Mine above was bought at Starbucks, but I also love Blue Mountain (Jamaica), Kona (Island of Hawaii), Cafe Bustelo (Cuba), and a slew of other coffee brands that I reach for when the urge calls. One thing I know is that Starbucks source their coffee from all the regions mentioned below including their farm in Costa Rica.

According to The International Coffee Organization, which was established in London in 1963, and “initiated in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) to enhance cooperation between nations that consume, distribute and produce coffee“, there are 45 Member Nations made up of 39 Exporting nations (Africa: Angola, Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Rep. Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Americas: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador Guatemala , Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela. Asia: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.), 6 Importing nations (Australia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, Tunisia, and United States), and 1 Importing Community (the European Union). So where did your last cup come from again?

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“Strong coffee, much strong coffee, is what awakens me. Coffee gives me warmth, waking, an unusual force and a pain that is not without very great pleasure.” Napoleon Bonaparte

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From? Iced Java Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From? Iced Java Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks


International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From?

International Coffee Day: Do You Know Where Yours Comes From?

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While Starbucks and some fine coffee distributors swear they maintain Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices and collaborate with Conservation International (CI), there are others that might not treat coffee farmers well or source their coffee under stringent conditions. What are  C.A.F.E. Practices? They are a comprehensive set of measurable standards focused on four areas: Product Quality, Economic Accountability, Social Responsibility, and Environmental Leadership; essentially covering concerns around standards, transparency, fair and humane conditions, and compliance. Follow the link to read more on the practices.

Personally, I don’t know any companies that don’t treat coffee farmers well or don’t source their coffee under stringent conditions, but I think before you reach for that next cup of coffee, do your homework and make sure you are drinking coffee that not only satisfies your cravings, but that is also procured in a fair, safe, and equitable manner. There are millions of workers employed by thousands of CI participating farms and their efforts should be compensated fairly. Enjoy your hot drink and have a great week ahead!

Positive Motivation Tip: Coffee can be enjoyed at any time… do you know where yours comes from?

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos:  Coffee posters from BuzzFeed,  Coffee supplier Map from Wikipedia,  Java Mocha Frappuccino from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

33 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/10/2014 1:43 pm

    My go-to at Starbucks is Salted Caramel Latte. But I’ve never met a cup of coffee I didn’t like! Yours looks kind of yummy.

    • 02/10/2014 2:33 pm

      I tried that Salted Caramel once, it was out of this world. Those Frapp/Latte drinks are dangerous for the waistline. 🙂

  2. Masshole Mommy permalink
    02/10/2014 3:14 pm

    Mine comes from dunkin donuts lol! Always. It’s my favorite..

  3. 02/10/2014 3:31 pm

    I love the quote about standing in line….many a time I have thought that! I buy Starbucks coffee – they make a point of doing the right thing when it comes to coffee.

  4. Alisha Kostiuk permalink
    02/10/2014 4:02 pm

    I love that Starbucks Salted Caramel Latte, but only on occasion. I usually go with an iced vanilla latte.

  5. Nicole Mamatofiveblessings Homeschooling permalink
    02/10/2014 4:55 pm

    I am an iced coffee junkie. I wish i could reach through my computer and drink this fabulous coffee in your photo!

  6. Close To Home permalink
    02/10/2014 6:33 pm

    we often buy our coffee from Costa Rica just because we went there a few years ago otherwise it is a big brand and I dont know where its from.

  7. loisaltermark permalink
    02/10/2014 6:58 pm

    I’m more of a tea drinker but I basically live at Starbucks and could drink frappuccinos all day long!

  8. 02/10/2014 8:27 pm

    There really is something wonderful about having a cup of hot coffee, a good book and a bunch of pillows to lay on.

  9. Simply At Home Mom permalink
    03/10/2014 4:01 am

    Oh I love coffee and have to have it every morning as well! There is nothing like a good cup of coffee!

  10. Kathleen Bunn permalink
    03/10/2014 6:12 am

    I guess I never thought much about where the coffee was coming from. Makes sense though that different areas would have different flavors!

  11. 03/10/2014 7:00 am

    I love a good cup of coffee. I don’t really think about where it comes from as often as I could. Now I want a Frappucino!

  12. 03/10/2014 8:33 am

    This is a lot of really neat information. I never think about where my coffee comes from.

  13. JoanneGreco (@JoanneGreco) permalink
    03/10/2014 10:04 am

    My husband is a coffee drinker – he loves hot and iced coffee!

  14. Amy Desrosiers permalink
    03/10/2014 11:31 am

    You know, I guess I am guilty of not thinking twice about where my coffee comes from. I just know it is so darn good, and tasty!

  15. 03/10/2014 1:02 pm

    I love International Delights Ice Coffee. That is about the only kind I drink, but I am sure I will have a glass of it or two.

  16. 03/10/2014 1:47 pm

    Awesome and interesting post! I love my coffee and cannot start my day without it. Every day is international coffee day to me! lol Great post.

  17. 03/10/2014 1:59 pm

    Okay I admit it. I had a Pumpkin Spice Latte this morning! I know it’s terrible for me. But it had my name on it. Literally. And it was soooooo good.

    • 03/10/2014 5:03 pm

      Hahaha! I can relate. Believe me, my waist line doesn’t need that Java Frappuccino either but it had my name on it! 😆

  18. 03/10/2014 2:34 pm

    My OH loves to read and we both love coffee. He is on the case to know all about The Best possible coffee we can get 🙂
    Latte for the win!

  19. Tiany - Social Savvy Mom permalink
    03/10/2014 8:25 pm

    Not sure what I would do without my daily cup!

  20. 03/10/2014 10:07 pm

    I know that coffee is among the top 4 best social media subjects but I had no idea it was a multi-billion dollar industry! Wow!

  21. nikimeiners permalink
    03/10/2014 11:29 pm

    I am a tea driker and wished I liked coffee it smells so good.

  22. 04/10/2014 5:25 am

    Glad to know about a Coffee Day! I’l die if I cannot have one cup of coffee.

  23. Christy Hoover permalink
    04/10/2014 5:49 am

    I am loving the coffee memes! I am definitely a Starbucks kind of girl!

  24. Debbie Denny permalink
    05/10/2014 6:27 am

    Coffee makes my day. Love the smell as it is brewing.

  25. 05/10/2014 7:11 pm

    My coffee comes from Starbucks. Before that it comes from the Starbucks delivery truck. I am cool with that. No, really – I like knowing that my coffee is not causing harm anywhere in the world! That is part of what makes it a good cup!

  26. 06/10/2014 11:51 am

    What a cool day. I had no idea

  27. Heather NC permalink
    11/10/2014 10:39 pm

    I can not live without my coffee daily, it keeps me awake at work! I drink Colombian Coffee so I assume it’s manufactured in Colombia

  28. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    30/08/2017 2:04 pm

    I don’t always know where my coffee would come from but maybe I should?I like the sound of there being a national coffee day especially as I love coffee so much ! x

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