In the United States we have a special day for almost everything, so of course there had to be a National Coffee Day, and that day is today September 29!
Actually, according to Wikipedia, today is also national coffee day in Canada, England, Ethiopia, Malaysia and Sweden. Other places celebrate it on different dates. However, I celebrate coffee day every single morning. I open my eyes in the morning and think of coffee!
To celebrate National Coffee Day I have decided to share with you two of the world’s greatest coffees. The first one of course comes from my beloved Guatemala. It is a well known fact that guatemalan coffee ranks among the best in the world, so much so that you can find guatemalan coffee even at Starbucks.
Production of coffee in Guatemala began around the 1850′s and since then coffee has been an important part of Guatemala’s economy.
Even though I can purchase guatemalan coffee in San Francisco, I enjoy when friends and family come to visit and bring me a bag of guatemalan coffee. Even more so if it’s from a smaller production. The little sister of an old friend of mine was in SF visiting from Guate and stayed with me this week for a few days. She brought me a bag of Café de Saúl.
This coffee is truly magnificent and has been since they started production in 1998. However, don’t be fooled to think that this is “café de olla”, Saúl’s coffee gives any other “designer coffee” a run for its money. Great for cappuccinos.
For my next choice we travel to Jamaica. Ahhh, what can be better than to enjoy a good cup of coffee in an island situated in the Caribbean Sea.
Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Coffee, is a coffee that you can enjoy every day at different times during the day. It’s mild flavor and lack of bitterness make this coffee great to not only drink by itself but to use it in food recipes.
However, keep in mind that Jamaican Blue Coffee also has the reputation of being one of the most expensive coffees in the world. But trust me, this coffee is worth every dolla. I got a 2 oz courtesy bag during my stay at the Grand Palladium Resort in Jamaica and now I’m a fan!
Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is so good that if Jamaicans call the rain “liquid sunshine” then they must call this coffee “liquid blessing”.
With a cup of Jamaican coffee in your hand you definitely feel like there is no problem mon. So grab yourself some wata and brew yourself a cup, or better yet visit Jamaica and have it by the beach.
Moraleja: Keep calm and drink some coffee.