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!
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.
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Enjoy 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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Q. How long does the caffeine in coffee stay in my body? A. Caffeine from coffee (or any caffeinated beverage) can remain in the body for up to 6 hours after consumption. While it may seem it’s effects have worn off, a cup of coffee consumed at 5 pm can still cause difficultly falling asleep if you like to go to bed early.
Q. What other beverages contain caffeine? A. Sodas, black, white, and green teas, chocolate beverages, and energy drinks contain caffeine.
Q. Is caffeine a natural substance? A. Yes, caffeine is a natural substance, but some products contain synthetic caffeine. Coffee is a natural source of caffeine. While there is no noted difference between natural and synthetic caffeine (according to Andy the RD), products that contain synthetic caffeine also tend to be loaded with sugar or other sweeteners.
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 organization named Veterans of Foreign Wars (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.
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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.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH & FITNESS DAY
On the last Wednesday in September, National Women’s Health & Fitness Day promotes the largest event for women’s health of all ages.
Across the country, an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages gather at local health and fitness events. They join in groups large and small. From senior centers to hospitals, parks and health clubs, women of all fitness levels encourage each other to begin or continue a healthy journey.
Often, these journeys only require the support of like-minded people. The day inspires many forms of exercise and supplies informational seminars and clinics, too. Screenings provide a way to track our fitness levels and help us get back on track. Forming small groups helps to create a daily routine or simply keep us responsible for our commitments to ourselves.
Developing our physical strength along with mental confidence goes a long way to keeping our bodies healthy. So many of us overlook the rest we need and the healthy foods our bodies need to fuel our days. When we take a few moments to learn the best ways to care for ourselves, we often take better care of others, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WomensHealthFitnessDay
This holiday offers so many ways to join in the action. Many fitness centers and organizations will be offering tips, classes, and screenings across the country. Whether you’re in tip top shape or have goals in mind, this day inspires us to take care of ourselves. Pick your goal and get moving! How will you celebrate?
Ways to get involved include:
Join a walking group or another exercise forum.
Visit a clinic seminar on portion sizes.
Attend a webinar about reducing stress.
Learn about incorporating mindfulness into your daily life.
Join a meditation or prayer session.
Get the girls together for a workout and use #WomensHealthFitnessDay to post on social media.
October is officially National Economic Education Month! The observance promotes the importance of teaching economics in our schools.
Economics is all around us. It teaches us that scarcity forces everyone to make choices, and our choices come with costs. Students with a clear understanding of basic economic principles will be equipped to make educated decisions.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) sponsors this event to promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters.
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NATIONAL BOOK MONTH
Each October, National Book Month allows us to celebrate and expand our love of reading. As the warm temperatures start to leave us for the winter, it’s the perfect time to put on some cozy slippers, have a cup of tea (or wine) and curl up on the couch with a good book. It’s easy to get…READ MORE…
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September 29th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
U.S. patent No. 1111999 is granted to Thomas Edison for the phonograph record.
The Amateur Athletic Union admitted women to the track & field championships for the first time.
European leaders sign the convention establishing the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
The first African-American-owned and operated television station begins broadcasting in Detroit, MI.
“Kiss my grits!” The television sitcom Alice debuts on CBS.
NASA launches the space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, FL. It is the organization’s first manned flight since the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
“Quack, quack!” Het Poetsbureau set a world record when 1,476 people foldedtowelsinto 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.
The world’s largestpopcornball 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
Apple Cider Float Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 0 minutes Total Prep: 5 minutes Serves 2
1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream 2 cups apple cider
In a saucer, mix spices and sugar.
Dampen the corner of a paper towel or the tip of your clean finger with apple cider.
Rub along the rim of each serving glass.
Dip each glass into the sugar and spice mixture to coat the edge.
Place two scoops of ice cream into each glass.
Sprinkle the remaining sugar and spice mixture over the top of the ice cream.
Pour the apple cider over the top of the ice cream.
Recipe Credit: Michele S. – North Dakota
September 29th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) 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 theGossamer Condorand Gossamer Albatross. The latter 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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