We’re all about the daily grind whether it’s long, short, white or black (or topped with foam).

That is why World Coffee Day is one of our favorite days of the year. It is the best way to wake up in the morning. Who can get depresso when you have an espresso? Coffee drinkers also have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancer (as if you needed another excuse to have another cup).

World Coffee Day is celebrated around the world – just like Christmas. The coffee capital of the Southern Hemisphere, otherwise known as Melbourne, celebrates it with the rest of Australia on 29th September.

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World Coffee Day is not just about enjoying the perfect cup of coffee but it is also about the process from the bean to the barista. It promotes fair trade coffee and supports coffee producers. Before that delicious bean was roasted, ground and brewed, it was harvested by coffee farmers.

Fair trade coffee is important because it supports a local community and its workers. It encourages transparent practices that are based on mutual respect compared to commodity agreements that often leave coffee farmers without a fair price for their product. Think about World Coffee Day as way to honour the men and women who made the flat white possible.

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There are several ways to get involved. If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, you could try a new brew method. Invest an Aeropress or a Vacuum Pot. Although these sound like aeronautical engineering terms, you can teach yourself with this useful brew guide.

Or you could pay it forward on with café sospeso. This is the World Coffee Day equivalent to a random act of kindness. This means paying in advance for someone’s espresso, ristretto or macchiato. This was a popular practice in wartime Naples, and can bring a moment of pleasure to someone’s day. You can also do this oneline. Oxfam and the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) have started a Caffé Sospeso Against Poverty campaign where coffee drinkers can go online and donate the price of a second cup of coffee online to Oxfam’s work.

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