FAQ: Is International Coffee Day on 1 October or on 29 September?

Unsure about which date is #InternationalCoffeeDay? Is it 1st October, 29 September or any other date? We understand the confusion. Let us explain.

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“Women in Coffee” photo competition

After the success of last year’s photo competition, we are holding another one to celebrate ICD 2018. The theme this year is “Women in Coffee”, so tell us a story through your photograph, highlighting the importance of women in any part of the coffee chain, from bean to cup.

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September 29, 2015

FAQ: Is International Coffee Day on 1 October or on 29 September?

Confused about which date is #InternationalCoffeeDay? Is it October or September? We understand the confusion. Let us explain.

In July, the Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), officially announced that 75 Member States of the ICO and dozens of coffee associations from around the world had joined forces to celebrate the first official International Coffee Day on 1 October 2015.

International Coffee Day is a celebration of the coffee sector’s diversity, quality and passion. It is an opportunity for coffee lovers to share their love of the beverage and support the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on the aromatic crop.

Many countries around the world celebrate their own National Coffee Days at various times throughout the year. The USA, for example, celebrates on 29 September. Naturally, many have confused this date with that of International Coffee Day. That’s ok— every day is a good day for coffee, after all.

In 2014, the Member States of the International Coffee Organization (the full list is here) came together and partnered with dozens of associations around the world to create an official International Coffee Day for all countries to celebrate together. The idea was to have a single day where all countries in the world, both coffee-exporting and coffee importing, could celebrate together. It was decided that the official launch date would be 1 October 2015.

So, whether you’re celebrating on 29 September or 1 October, happy International Coffee Day! We hope you enjoy your coffee and think of the world’s coffee farmers who make every cup happen.

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