Dear National Coffee Day 2017, Causes and Celebrations



Here are a few events that came across the culture’s feed and pit on its radar that are good ways to creatively and consciously celebrate National Coffee Day. Enjoy your cups and your causes.

ONE: Specialty Coffee Association x World Coffee Research

The #futureofcoffee is in the hands of the people. SCA and WCR call “on coffee lovers around the globe to support coffee research and coffee science.” This call shows that coffee is in our hands, literally and so its its future.

TWO: Santa Monica | Caffe Luxxe

From the mouths of longstanding California roasters fueling communities in the arts to red carpets, Caffe Luxxe, we’ll be using the occasion to focus on our farm-to-cup philosophy, and hosting a casual tasting and discussion about our roasting team’s recent trip to Costa Rica to source our latest single origin.” Launching today, visit one of their spaces and dive deeper into the art of where coffee comes from before it comes to you.



According to the Chicago group, “New Gotham Coffee Community is organizing a fundraiser benefiting relief efforts for both Mexico and Puerto Rico. As part of International Coffee Day, on September 30th, cafes and roasters around the Chicagoland area will be coming together in support of these coffee producing countries badly damaged by recent natural disasters.

We want to help spotlight the need for aid that these places are facing with the impact of the damage projected to have long term effects for years to come

A good start in terms of places to donate are both Topos Mexico and Unidos Por Puerto Rico which both accept donations via PayPal.


FOUR: New York | SEPT 29 Birch Coffee

Birch Coffee says, “It’s a celebration of the miraculous cup we crave. It’s an homage to everyone along the way who played a part in the cup of coffee that ends up in your hands, and to you, our loyal friends. We thank you, and invite you to tell us what your cup of coffee is worth to you. “Pay What You Please” at all Birch Coffee locations, this Friday, 9/29, all day.

And, if you have a pup, from 11 am – 1 pm at the SoHo location, the Birch team will be serving Barkiattos. You get it, right?

FIVE: Kentucky meets New Orleans.

Because coffee doesn’t have to celebrate along, join in a quite nuanced pairing along with National Bourbon Month  as Bulleit and Revelator Coffee Company bring you a signature beverage as the culture would say to commemorate both beverages.

Keeping it just a little bit old fashioned, Bulleit has curated its bourbon to Revelator’s Petunias Blend. Imagine a sweet eggnog with a root beer base matched by sweet red peppers except its petunias. Yep, that’s the revelation. And, yes you can make it at home.  Here’s the recipe:

Bulleit Cold Brew Old Fashioned


5 oz. Revelator Coffee Petunias Blend Cold Brew
1 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

1 oz. Simple Syrup

1 Orange Slice

Directions: Pour cold brew into a tall glass over ice then add Bulleit Bourbon and simple syrup to taste. Add a fresh cut orange immersed and/or to garnish.



The deets are perfectly laid out by:

Le Meridien


Franz Zauner, Global Master Barista, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts


Inspired by its European heritage, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts celebrates International Coffee Day by offering free coffee at a pop-up destination café in Brookfield Place. Crafted by Le Méridien Global Master Barista Franz Zauner, complimentary coffee drinks will be offered among creative vignettes that transport visitors to destinations where Le Méridien is opening new hotels, including:

  • Rome – Espresso Macchiato: Feel like you are living la dolce vita at Le Méridien
  • Visconti Rome, the brand’s newest hotel. Indulge in an Espresso Macchiato alongside an Italian chocolate praline, all while posing on a vespa with an Instagram-worthy backdrop.
  • Seoul – Special Cold Brew: Travel to Le Méridien Seoul in South Korea, home of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Enjoy cold brew coffee infused with red chili flakes and rice milk, two popular Korean ingredients.
  • Denver – Sweet Cortado: Take in après-ski at Le Méridien Denver Downtown and taste a Colorado-inspired Cortado with double espresso, homemade peach syrup and steamed hot milk foam.


Sunday, October 1 (International Coffee Day), 11am to 5pm, at the Shops at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan: 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281. Le Méridien’s pop up café is situated in the open public space on the main floor.


May coffee always be with us.