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International Coffee Day takes place on October 1st every year. This day is dedicated to continue to promote and celebrate coffee as one of the world’s most beloved beverages. It is also an opportunity to promote sustainable coffee practices and raise awareness about the plight of coffee producers. In honor of this day, we are reposting an article that was originally published in our sister publication Casa de Campo Living magazine.
What comes to mind when you think of coffee? An early morning boost, midday pick me up, a meetup with friends, the closure of a good business? For some of us, it is that and more! There is just something about drinking a great cup of coffee that makes you happy and brightens up the day.
Coffee consumption usually begins during adolescence with the family, in social gatherings with friends at the university or when entering the workplace, and increases with the passage of time, with the biggest consumers being people over 30 years of age.
It is the preferred beverage in all the Americas, with only two exceptions, Chile and Bolivia, consumers would rather have tea. Tradition, culture, expanded availability, development of new drinking occasions, flavor innovation, and health and wellness trends are driving consumer preferences towards new types of coffee around the world.
Coffee production in the Dominican Republic is based mainly on the mountainous regions of the country, in the highlands that make up at least half of the area of Hispaniola. Coffee was grown for the first time in the Dominican Republic in 1735, in Barahona and other southern provinces. It spread quickly to several regions of the national territory, becoming one of the main agricultural crops in the country. In 2011, around 90% of the coffee grown in the country was the Arabica, which is over 3.4 million acres.
Dominican coffee is better known for being robust, with moderate to light acidity, a rich aroma, and earthy tones. Local coffee is the pride and joy of Dominicans and over time it has become synonymous with the colorful character of this country. It is so popular that many Dominicans living abroad ask their relatives to bring coffee to them when going to visit and even tourists take coffee with them as a souvenir and reminder of their time here.
Every country has significant differences in regards to drinking habits, how to prepare it, and how to drink it. Here, for example, most have their coffee black with lots of sugar – yes we do have a sweet tooth! Some take it with milk or they drink “American Coffee” this is espresso coffee served with hot water to thin it out. It is so ingrained in our culture that you can even buy coffee from vendors carrying little plastic, thimble-sized cups with sugar usually already added. It is the perfect “pick me up” after a long day of running errands under the hot Caribbean sun.
As you can see, everyone has a different definition of “the perfect cup”. What is yours?