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SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 | NATIONAL COFFEE DAY | NATIONAL VFW DAY

NATIONAL COFFEE DAY - September 29

NATIONAL COFFEE DAY

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29th be sure to observe National Coffee Day!

Ah, the perfect cup of java. According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.

From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance roasted beans cast.

GROWING, ROASTING, AND BREWING

When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how we brew it will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.

Where a coffee bean grows determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.

When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!

COFFEE HISTORY

Many legendary accounts tell how coffee first came to be. However, the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen. Here, monks first roasted coffee seeds and brewed coffee, much like we prepare them today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.

In 1670, Baba Budan smuggled coffee seeds out of the Middle East by strapping seven seeds onto his chest. The first plants grown from these stowed away seeds were planted in Mysore. Coffee later spread to Italy and the rest of Europe, Indonesia, and the Americas.

While Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country, Colombia closely follows. Also, more than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, too. As a result, we choose from a bountiful selection of flavors for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoffeeDay.

Celebrate Coffee LightEnjoy a cup or two of your favorite coffee. Here is a Coffee Brewing Guide to help create your own. Want to learn more about Coffee History? We’ve collected 11 Historic Coffee Milestones for you to savor. Use #NationalCoffeeDay to post on social media.  

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NATIONAL COFFEE DAY HISTORY

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NATIONAL VFW DAY – September 29

NATIONAL VFW DAY

On September 29th, National VFW Day honors the men and women devoted to this valuable organization and those members who have served our nation. 

Members of the VFW today hold a long-standing history of volunteerism in their communities. Not only have they served their country, but they continue to serve their fellow veterans, families, and communities by sponsoring scholarships, career fairs, mental wellness campaigns, and so many more excellent services.

VFW membership since its inception has been instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the creation of the national cemetery system and passage of the GI Bill. Through the VFW, veterans honor veterans and serve their communities.  On National VFW Day, take a moment to recognize all the VFW does in your community.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVFWDay

Honor the VFW members and veterans in your community. Let them know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for all of us. We truly are the land of the free because of the brave. Use #NationalVFWDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL VFW DAY HISTORY

The VFW was established on September 29, 1899, by a group of veterans from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest group of combat veterans. They continue “to honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW promotes patriotism, goodwill and youth scholarships. They also provide military assistance and community service programs, promote youth activities and volunteer many hours in their local communities.


September 29 History

1914 

U.S. patent No. 1111999 granted to Thomas Edison for the phonograph record. 

1923

The Amateur Athletic Union admitted women to the track & field championships for the first time.

1954 

European leaders sign the convention establishing the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). 

1975 

The first African-American owned and operated television station begins broadcasting in Detroit, MI.

1976 

“Kiss my grits!” The television sitcom Alice debuts on CBS. 

1988 

NASA launches the space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, FL. It’s the organization’s first manned flight since the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.

2017

“Quack, quack!” Het Poetsbureau set a world record when 1,476 people folded towels into the shape of a duck, setting the record for the most people making towel animals. The professional cleaning service, based in Antwerp, Belgium, hosted the event in Hasselt, Belgium.

2006

The world’s largest popcorn ball weighs in at 3,423 pounds breaking the previous world record. The brainchild of Tim Hopkins of The Popcorn Factory in Lake Forest, IL, the popcorn ball took only eight hours to build. However, from the initial concept to completion took several weeks of planning.

Recipe of the Day

Spicy Black Bean Soup with Coconut Avocado “Cream”

Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  50 minutes
Total Prep:   60 minutes
Servings:  6-8

Ingredients:

Coconut Avocado “Cream”
1 avocado
1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tsp lime juice
Pinch salt and pepper
2 tbsp water
¼ tsp chopped cilantro (optional)

Black Bean Soup:
1 tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
225g mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp cumin
3 cans (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 chipotle, finely chopped with 1 tsp adobo sauce (add more for a spicier soup)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 14.5oz diced tomatoes
3 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Coconut Avocado “Cream”

Combine all ingredients for the Coconut Avocado “Cream” in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and put in the fridge.

Black Bean Soup:

Heat oil on medium heat in a large stockpot.

Add the onion and garlic and cook, occasionally stirring, until the onions are translucent.

Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms have released their liquid and reduced in size, about 6 minutes.

Stir in cumin and continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add black beans, chipotle, adobo sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

Transfer about half the soup to a blender and puree.

Combine the puree with the remaining soup.

Serve immediately with a generous dollop of Coconut Avocado “Cream.”

INSPIRATION FROM The Coconut Coalition of the Americas.

September 29 Birthdays

Caroline Yale – 1848 

Yale became a leader in deaf education during her tenure at the Clarke School for the Deaf. She developed a system of phonetic symbols, improving upon the system created by Alexander Melville Bell. She also established training programs and established the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf.

László Bíró – 1899

The Hungarian journalist invented the modern ballpoint pen.

John Heysham Gibbon – 1903

The surgeon is best-known for inventing the first heart-lung machine. Gibbon would later perform the first successful open-heart surgery on a patient using the heart-lung machine.

George W. Jenkins – 1907

In 1930, the American businessman founded Publix Super Markets.

Paul Beattie MacCready – 1925

The founder of AeroVironment also designed human-powered aircraft such as the Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Albatross. The later crossed the English Channel in 1979.

Margaret Russo – 1931

The shortstop played five seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was nominated to the All-Star team twice during her career. Following her baseball career, she pursued a career in physical education.

Bryant Gumbel – 1948

The Emmy-winning television journalist co-hosted the Today show from 1982 to 1997. In 1995, he also began sportscasting for HBO.

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