International Coffee Day (yes, there is such as thing) is on Saturday 1st October. Here’s what you need to know about this worldwide event and the bean it celebrates:


Free fun

Coffee Circus in Mosta will be jamming with Norman Cristina to celebrate the black stuff. The road will be closed off and they’ll be putting chairs and tables outside, but you won’t need those.. because you’ll be dancing! Try their tasty specialty coffees, which are roasted by the café owners themselves – options include the Latino blend with hints of chocolate and red berries or the Colombia Bucaramanga, which has a plummy sweetness. If you want more of an adventure, go for the hard stuff – an espresso martini. The fun kicks off from 7pm to 10pm.

Find Coffee Circus at Triq Il-Kbira 252, Mosta. Visit www.coffeecircus.eu for their inspiring tasting notes. They also have a coffee tuk that will come to your office event.


Liberté, égalité, sisterhood!

This year, the focus of Coffee Day is on women. The organisers want to highlight the need for equity and equality in the coffee sector, from bean to cup. Malta is getting better when it comes to equal rights for women in work, but in some of the key coffee producing countries, that’s not the case. You can help by buying Fairtrade coffee; they are committed to empowering women by training them to lead, setting standards that don’t allow discrimination, funding women’s coffee initiatives and breaking down stereotypes of “women’s’ work”.


A Perk of Work

65% of workers drink an average of three cups of coffee a day, and the statistics suggest that it helps people to stay focused, alert and to avoid mistakes. If your employer doesn’t offer free coffee already, it might be worth putting that into the boss’s suggestion box. Apart from the increased productivity, coffee breaks can also create a positive atmosphere at work, giving people time to chat, sparking ideas and making for better teamworking…. plus everyone loves a freebie!


Mainlining caffeine

You might feel bad about needing a coffee before you’re fit to speak to in the morning, but the good news is that most studies suggest coffee is actually good for you… in moderation. It has lots of antioxidants that help you fight off disease, and coffee drinkers have lower rates of coronary heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It seems to have a positive effect on the liver too. Your cup of joe also has some trace nutrients, including vitamins B2, B5, B3, manganese and potassium.

But as anyone who has had one cup too many will know, excess caffeine can give you the jitters, make you anxious and affect your sleep. Limiting your intake for a few cups daily and cutting yourself off mid afternoon is best.

 



By Helen Raine

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