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  • Writer's pictureSharon Michalove

Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee

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Today is International Coffee Day. Of course you might already have been celebrating, because Friday was National Coffee Day.

Where does coffee come from?

Here's a great map of where coffee is grown and the differences is flavor so you can find the characteristics that appeal most to your palate.

map of coffee regional flavor profiles

A Short History of Coffee

"No one knows exactly how or when coffee was discovered, though there are many legends about its origin."

Whether the Ethiopian tale of the monk, Kaldi, who was said to have discovered a bush with berries that made his goats more active is true or not, coffee seems to have spread from the Horn of Africa throughout the Arabian peninsula. By the sixteenth century it had reached Persia and Turkey and it was only a matter of time until the drink spread to Europe.

For more on the history of coffee, click here.

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Celebrating Coffee

National Coffee Day is observed on Sept. 29 in the United States and Canada. It was established in 2009 at the New Orleans Coffee Festival by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

In contrast, International Coffee Day was declared in 2014 by the International Coffee Association.

In both cases, the day is designed to raise awareness of coffee growers and all the people who work in the coffee industry.

Coffee Brewing Methods

Everyone has their favorite way of making coffee, whether they use instant or any of the suggestions below. I have used electric drip pots like Mr. Coffee, Melitta one-cup pour-over cones, Chemex coffee makers, percolators, Bialetti Moka pots, espresso machines, French press, as well as capsule machines like Keurig, and Nespresso. Experimentation is good. How do you know what you like best if you only try one?

  • Espresso machine

  • Hand held espresso maker

  • Stovetop espresso maker

  • Aeropress

  • French press

  • Coffee bag

  • Vacuum / siphon pot

  • Percolator

  • Manual pour over coffee makers

  • Machine pour over coffee makers

Find out how these methods work here.

Turkish coffee, coffee beans splashing into a cup, coffee and a book, espresso machine

Coffee Recipes DelishKnowledge


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Pumpkin spice whipped Dalgona coffee sounds intriguing, and I was excited to make this pumpkin whipped coffee. The pumpkin purée and instant coffee work together amazingly. This is a tasty seasonal coffee recipe or autumn coffee flavour, but it’s great at any time.


  • 2 Tbsp. instant coffee

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cane sugar or coconut sugar

  • 2 Tbsp. water boiling

  • 3/4 Tbsp. pumpkin purée canned

  • 1/2 Tsp. pumpkin spice plus a little more for sprinkling on top

  • 1-2 Cup milk

  • Ice


  • Start by making the Dalgona whipped coffee. Whisk coffee, sugar, pumpkin spice, and boiling water together using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Whisk for 2-3 minutes until foamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, if needed. (If you use a standing mixer I recommend doubling the recipe so the whisk reaches the mix)

  • Whip in the pumpkin puree but do not over mix. Just enough until the pumpkin isn't visible.

  • Add ice to a cup, pour in the milk and then top with the whipped pumpkin coffee mixture.


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 1407mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 2127IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 2mg

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An Irish cream coffee is a wonderful treat on a chilly evening. It also makes a nice end to a special meal. When did you last enjoy a cup of Irish cream and coffee?


  • 2 Ounces heavy whipping cream

  • 6 Ounces coffee hot, fresh brewed

  • 2 Ounces Irish cream

  • 1 Tsp. chocolate shaved


  • Whip the heavy whipping cream to soft peaks.

  • Stir together the hot coffee and Irish cream liqueur in a glass mug.

  • Top with the whipped cream and shaved chocolate.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 833IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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A Starbucks cinnamon dolce latte is one of the best drinks. With cinnamon and espresso, it is the perfect Starbucks copycat latte. The homemade cinnamon dolce syrup is easy to make. Making a dolce latte at home is a way to save money. Read on for how to make a DIY cinnamon dolce latte.


  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar light, packed

  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon ground

  • 1 Pinch salt

  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 Cup water


  • 2 Ounces hot espresso

  • 1 Ounce cinnamon dolce syruprecipe above

  • 1 Cup whole milk hot, frothed or 2% milk or almond milk

  • 2 Tablespoon Whipped cream for topping, optional

  • 1 Pinch ground cinnamon

  • 1 Cinnamon stick for garnish, optional


  • To a small saucepan add granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and water. Stir together over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

  • Once ingredients begin to boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.

  • Remove from heat. Immediately transfer to a sealable heat-proof container.


  • Into a heat-proof cup or mug, pour espresso, followed by cinnamon dolce syrup.

  • Pour frothed hot milk over espresso-syrup mixture.

  • Top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick, if desired.


Calories: 799kcal | Carbohydrates: 173g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 167g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 394mg | Iron: 1mg

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