Starting on Friday, 29 September, and culminating on Sunday, 1 October 2017, the 77 Member States of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and dozens of coffee associations from around the globe got together to celebrate the third annual International Coffee Day.
International Coffee Day is a global celebration of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop— an opportunity to honour the men and women who grow and harvest the coffee we love.
In 2015, the ICO launched the first official celebration of ICD with a dedicated website featuring more than 70 events from 35 countries around the world. Last year, nearly 130 events from 54 countries were posted on the ICD website. In 2017, the ICO once again called on private companies, independent businesses, public associations, and coffee lovers around the world to organise an event or campaign for ICD 2017 weekend.
How will you celebrate?
Ideas for Activities
Use your imagination and have fun creating events and activities dedicated to the world’s favourite drink. Here are a few ideas to get you started on planning your event or campaign to run on ICD 2018:
- Host a coffee cupping in your home, office, or local coffee shop
- Run a promotion or discount offer in your coffee shop
- Make a video about your love for coffee to upload to social media using the hashtag #InternationalCoffeeDay
- Host a lecture with your local coffee expert
- Run an art competition with coffee as the theme and hold an exhibition to display all the entries (photos, poems, short stories, paintings, any medium)
- Host a coffee workshop or masterclass – perhaps an introduction to brewing techniques or roasting
- Organise a visit to a coffee farm and/or washing station to get the general public interested in growing coffee
- Start a fundraising campaign to benefit development programmes in a coffee-growing region
- Have a screening of a coffee-related film
So, how are you celebrating #InternationalCoffeeDay?
INTERNATIONAL COFFEE ORGANIZATION
The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together exporting and importing Governments to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. Its Member Governments represent 98% of world coffee production and 83% of world consumption.