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Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day

  • By Jeffrey Cullen-Dean
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  • Sep. 25, 2019 - 12:26 AM

Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day

Photo courtesy of Julius Schorzman

A cup of coffee

Each year, National Coffee Day is observed on Sept. 29 to honor the beverage that has been used for more than 1,000 years to energize humans.

Atlanta ranks 12th in the top 20 cities for coffee lovers, according to data from WalletHub.

According to the National Coffee Association, the drink’s origins date back to the sixth century in Ethiopia. A goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats were filled with energy after eating coffee beans from a tree.

Kaldi shared what happened with an abbot at a nearby monastery. The abbot mixed a drink with the berries and found himself alert and energized during his evening prayer, according to the NSA.

In the 21st century, the average coffee drinker drinks three cups of coffee each day, according to .

In 2015, the exports of the coffee industry was worth $30 billion and accounted for 7.2 percent of Colombia's exports, according to .

According to the NSA, after word of mouth spread from the monks in Ethiopia, coffee farming and trade prospered in the Arabian Peninsula during the 1400s. The first coffee shops – known as qahveh khaneh, operate similarly as they do today – developed in the region at the same time. The drink would spread through Europe by the 17th century after traders brought it to the continent. Today, coffee is produced in approximately 80 countries across the globe in Africa, the Middle East, the Carribean, Asia and South America, according to . Brazil is the largest exporter of the bean and Arabica coffee makes up 75 percent of coffee produced.