National Coffee Day 2012 in Northfield—What's Your Favorite?

Today's National Coffee Day, where are you getting your fill?

Today is National Coffee Day, a day to celebrate the one addiction most of us seem to share—that need for a daily dose (or three) of caffeine.

National chain Caribou Coffee is offering a free small coffee today when you print out a coupon, which fan be found on its Facebook page, or show it on your smart phone. The free coffee will be Amy's Blend. Caribou donates 10 percent of all Amy's Blend sales to CancerCare.  

McDonald's restaurants will be giving away free 12-ounce coffees today. The restaurant has announced that no purchase, and no coupons are necessary, just pop into your local participating restaurant and ask for your free cup of Joe.

But Northfield is home to several great independent shops, too, including Bittersweet Café, Goodbye Blue Monday, James Gang Coffeehouse & Eatery, Hideaway Coffeehouse & Wine Bar and Quality Bakery and Coffee Shop. Then, of course, you've got a plethora of options from fast food chains and convenience stores.

Bittersweet shared on the Northfield Patch Facebook page customers get their first refill for free on Saturday.

What's your favorite coffee shop in Northfield? Tell us in the comment section. While you mull that over, here are some fun facts that every bean aficionado should know.

 Is “I need a cup of coffee to start my day” part of your daily vocabulary? You’re not alone. Three out of five Americans think that about their first morning cup, according to a coffee consumption survey commissioned by 7-Eleven.

2. Your career could dictate whether you’re more likely chug coffee during the day, according to a Dunkin’ Donuts/Career Builder survey. The top 10 professions likely to “need coffee to get through the workday the most” are:

  1. Scientist/Lab Technician
  2. Marketing/Public Relations Professional
  3. Educator/Administrator
  4. Editor/Writer
  5. Healthcare Administrator
  6. Physician
  7. Food Preparer
  8. Professor
  9. Social Worker
  10. Financial Professional

3. Thank a goat for your caffeine jolt. If you believe the Ethiopian legend of Kaldi, the goat herder, that is. As recounted by the National Coffee Association, humans first discovered the magic of coffee thanks to Kaldi’s goats: “It is said that he discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not want to sleep at night.” Anyone who has a cup after 6 p.m. at night can probably relate to the goats.

4. Pouring coffee in your mug and going about your day seems simple, but there are 10 steps to creating that moment, according to the National Coffee Association. They are: planting, harvesting the cherries, processing the cherries, drying the beans, milling the beans, exporting the beans, tasting the coffee, roasting coffee, grinding coffee and finally, brewing coffee. If you’re rusty on any of these steps, the National Coffee Association explains it all.

5. Ladies, feeling down? Coffee can chase away depression blues, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Women who consumed two to three cups a day of caffeinated coffee were 15 percent less likely to develop depression compared to women who drank a cup or less daily. Researchers didn’t find the same link with decaffeinated coffee.


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