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International Coffee Day: October 1

Published on October 02, 2018
The International Coffee Day is observed every year on October 1 to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage.
International Coffee Day: October 1
  • Observance of this day marks global celebration of coffee's journey from farm to your local shop and opportunity to honour the men and women who grow and harvest coffee.
  • This year, the International Coffee Organization had chosen a special theme: 'Women in Coffee'.
  • It was aimed at highlighting the important role played by women in the whole coffee chain as men, from planting seeds to processing to trading to brewing and drinking it.
  • It also highlights the need for equity and equality in coffee sector from bean to cup and that can only be achieved by empowering women to benefit from the whole coffee sector.

Interesting to know:

  • The exact origin of the International Coffee Day is unknown. 
  • An event was first promoted in Japan in 1983 by The All Japan Coffee Association.
  • The official date was agreed by the International Coffee Organization and was launched in Milan, Italy in 2015 to promote fair trade of coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of coffee growers.

About Coffee production in India:

  • India is the 6th largest coffee producer in the world with 4% share after Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia and Ethiopia.
  • In India, coffee is cultivated in about 4.54 lakh hectares by 3.66 lakh coffee farmers and 98% of them are small farmers.
  • Karnataka (54%), Kerala (19%) and Tamil Nadu (8%) are the largest coffee producing states.
  • India accounts for only 4-5% of world's coffee output, but exports 70-80% of its produce.
  • Italy, Russia and Germany are the top three buyers of Indian coffee.
  • In India, two coffee varieties robusta (or Coffea canephora) and Coffea arabica are grown on large scale.

Question:

Q. When is the International Coffee Day observed every year to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage?
a. October 1b. January 1
c. March 1
d. September 1

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