International Coffee Day
International Coffee Day is fast approaching. Of course, that’s a perfectly valid thing to commemorate. But there are some weird and wonderful “official days” out there too. As a kind of tribute to weird “days” we put together 10 peculiar coffee trends that may have passed you by.
Celebrating certain days, you have to say is fair enough. For example, who wouldn’t be supportive of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which falls on March 21st? World Oceans Day (June 8th), Human Rights Day (December 10th) and Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) - all fine. We can all get behind days like these, right?
I probably don’t have to tell you March 21st is World Puppetry Day. And who could forget Intellectual Property Day? Certainly nobody in our household. Every April 26th we wake up at the crack of dawn and rush downstairs to plough through 4 or 5 hours of whatever patents, copyrights and trademarks reading we’ve been assigned that year (to make it fair we take turns nominating the text).
Of course, as monumental as Intellectual Property Day is, no day takes greater precedence than October 1st - International Coffee Day. It’s a magical time of year when people at Coffee Gator HQ, people can often get delirious with exhilaration. Nobody present in 2015 will ever forget Eve serving Phil a light Ethiopian Arabica only for him (in his excitement) to completely misidentify it as Ugandan blend. It really was quite a day!
Just like “official” days, there are more sensible ways to enjoy coffee than others. So here’s our whistlestop tour of our top 10 outlandish coffee trends to rear their heads in recent times.
1. Espresso Tonic
Need something to bridge the gap between morning coffee and 5pm G&T? Look no further. Sounds crazy - tastes amazing.
2. Meringue coffee
Between coffee and meringues there was milk, froth and marshmallows. What will go on our coffee in 2018? We’re backing candy floss. You heard it here first.
3. Rainbow latte
This little craze won’t be for everyone. But who doesn’t enjoy a real-life rainbow? So why not have one on your coffee? Ok, fine, do what you like!
4. Black latte
The Goth coffee of choice. Robert Smith from The Cure probably drinks these by the bucket load. Also a good vegan option too as they’re made from coconut ash, almond milk, espresso, cacao, and a coconut cream and marzipan topping.
5. Nitro coffee
Cold brew infused with nitrogen = nitro coffee. The nitrogen gives it a smooth texture that pushes coffee towards the same kind of ballpark as beer. Alcoholic versions are starting to move onto the scene too if you want to liven things up a bit. Fun fact: I paid £5 for a shot of this stuff once, but try not to let that put you off.
Cascara (also known as coffee cherry tea) is made from the skin and outer flesh of the coffee bean. Think of it as upcycling. What was once a useless by-product is dried and brewed like tea, making good use of a naturally sweet berry.
7. Piefee (also available in avocado, carrot, ice cream cone etc)
If you like coffee and you like pie, you might like piefee which neatly combines the two. On the flip side, you might think it’s weird and stupid and not be able to understand what the point is. Whatever.
This is a useful one for all those people who have always wanted to drink their own face. You can print anything now from chairs to plastic guns. Latte art was always going to be on the radar and now it is!
9. Deconstructed coffee
Why go to a coffee shop and have a qualified barista make your drink for you when you can make it yourself? In the same way that Salt ‘n Shake crisps are a nice little gimmick, now you can put your coffee together yourself. It’s fun - ok?
10. Algae latte
Apparently these smell of seaweed and taste like sour milk. Maybe that isn’t what you look for in a coffee but don’t worry - there’s no coffee in them either. They’re made from ginger, lemon, coconut milk, agave and blue algae powder. You might ask why an algae latte is on this list - and that’s a very good question. Strange, isn’t it.
11. (Bonus) Coffee water
Coffee is 98% water, so it plays a big role in your brew. Third Wave Water sell little sachets of minerals that upgrade your water to business class and beyond.