international coffee day


Millions of coffee lovers across the world will be raising their mugs tomorrow morning as they pay homage to one of humanity’s all-time favourite drinks.

Tomorrow (October 1) is the fourth annual International Coffee Day, a calendar milestone that enables caffeine-lovers to celebrate the dark, rich brew that kick-starts their daily grind each morning.

Australians consume nearly 2kg of coffee every year with more than one in four fans (27 per cent) admitting they couldn’t survive the day without a cup.

Brisbane coffee company owner Dean Merlo said Queensland coffee drinkers had developed refined palates when it comes to nature’s nectar.

“When I opened my first espresso bar in Brisbane in 1992, a cappuccino was considered exotic,” said Mr. Merlo, owner of Merlo Coffee.

“People now like to choose beans from particular countries and they drink different styles of coffee at different times of the day. We’ve come a long way.”

But how much do we really know about our favourite brew?

Here’s a way to test your coffee connoisseur knowledge:

  1. Which country produces the most coffee in the world each year?
  2. In which Australian state was the first recorded growth of coffee in Australia?
  3. What is the most popular style of coffee in Australia?
  4. How many cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world?
  5. a) More than 1 million
  6. b) More than 1 billion
  7. c) More than 2 billion
  8. d) More than 5 billion
  9. If you drink a coffee that has fruity and floral flavours, which continent are the beans most likely to come from?


  1. Brazil produces the most coffee at 2,592,000 tonnes per year, followed by Vietnam with 1,650,000 tonnes.
  2. The first recorded growth of coffee in Australia was at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane, Qld in 1832.
  3. Australia’s favourite style of coffee is a latte (33% of coffees bought in Australia are lattes, 24% flat white).
  4. Approximately 2.25 billion cups of coffee are enjoyed every day around the world.
  5. African coffees are often described as complex, fruity and floral. These are stronger, fragrant-rich and full-bodied flavours.

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