Coffee lovers - a day to celebrate is quickly approaching! National Coffee Day is on September 29th, so get your mugs ready for this cheers-worthy holiday so we can celebrate the drink that gets us ready to take on even the busiest of days. After all, whether you drink light roast or dark roast coffee, lattes or iced drinks, no morning is complete without a cup of your favorite java.
So, as we prepare for the special day all about one of our favorite morning beverages, we’re going to give you the scoop on some coffee facts and common misconceptions. Fact or fiction? You’ll have to keep reading to find out. Plus, get some recipe ideas that pair perfectly with your morning cup of Joe!
1) Fact or Fiction: There is more than one type of coffee bean.
Fact. There are four different types of coffee beans known as Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa and Liberica. Each one is grown in different climates and has unique flavor notes. It can get pretty scientific, so let’s break this coffee fact down a bit:
- Arabica and Robusta are the two most common coffee bean varieties.
- Arabica beans brew a coffee that is smooth and not very bitter, which makes it hugely popular for java-drinkers across the globe. This is the coffee bean variety you’ll most likely find at your neighborhood Food Lion!
- Robusta coffee is typically stronger, but a little more on the bitter side versus Arabica.
- With Excelsa beans, you can expect a pretty complex flavor with almost a tartness like you would find in lighter roast coffees.
- And lastly, Liberica coffee is known for its strong nutty taste.
2) Fact or Fiction: The darker the coffee the higher the energy boost.
Fiction. It is believed that bold-tasting dark roast coffees have a higher amount of caffeine. However, this is probably the biggest misconception about coffee. When in fact, light roast and dark roast have about the same amount of this natural energy. Yes, it’s true!
3) Fact or Fiction: Iced coffee and cold brew coffee are brewed in different ways.
Fact. Typically iced coffee is brewed hot, then poured over ice. Cold brew coffee, on the other hand, is brewed cold and served over ice. And since they’re brewed differently, they also have subtly unique flavors too. Cold brew is commonly thought to have a stronger, but smoother taste than iced coffee.
Which is your favorite chilled java? No matter what your preference is, you’ll be able to find deliciously refreshing cold brew and iced coffee at your local Food Lion, both at low prices.
4) Fact or Fiction: Coffee beans come from a fruit.
Fact. Coffee is grown on a plant in the form of deep red fruit, also known as a coffee berry or cherry. The actual coffee bean is the pit of the fruit. And do you know what that coffee fact means? The coffee berry is technically a stone fruit, like peaches, cherries and plums. However, this particular stone fruit isn’t widely eaten but is instead harvested for the pit inside to make the roasted beans we love to brew.
Breakfast Recipes that Pair Perfectly with a Cup of Joe
Now that we’ve covered our four fun coffee facts, let’s switch gears and look at some breakfast recipe ideas. Besides, breakfast is a pretty important meal and just like coffee, helps you get ready for the day. Plus, we think these three recipes pair especially well with the flavor of java! But, we’ll let you be the judge.
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Cereal
Our first recipe idea is a fun twist on breakfast cereal and is made with fresh apple, cinnamon, applesauce and some other traditional pancake ingredients. It’s flavorful, sweet, slightly tangy and served with a small tab of butter and syrup. The sweetness from the syrup and the spice from the cinnamon pair really well with the nutty, earthy taste of a warm cup of black coffee (with a splash of cream if that’s how you like it).
Fresh apple slices are also a nice addition for a complete breakfast meal. Want to make it? Visit our recipe portal to find the full list of ingredients and directions.
Breakfast in a Blanket
You’ve probably heard of pigs-in-a-blanket (and eaten some at least a few times) and this breakfast recipe is a spin on that family-favorite appetizer - but made for a morning meal. Eggs, bacon and shredded cheese, all wrapped in buttery, flaky crescent rolls make up this Breakfast in a Blanket dish. Sounds pretty delicious, right?
And for a coffee pairing, a classic cup of black coffee with cream and sugar or cold brew coffee are great choices. But, if you want something a little different, try a cappuccino, which you can find in single-serve pods or as instant coffee at your nearest Food Lion.
Banana Chai Spice Muffins
Last, but not least, is a breakfast recipe that combines the tasty flavors of banana bread and chai tea - in muffin form. And of course, these breakfast pastries go really well with coffee, right?
Ready to start baking? Here are the ingredients you may need to add to your grocery shopping list:
- Produce: Bananas
- Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and ground ginger
- Dry Ingredients: Salt, brown sugar, flour, oats and baking soda
- Wet Ingredients: Eggs, butter and vanilla extract
Before you start prepping, make sure your bananas are nice and ripe. That’ll make your muffins sweeter. But, if your bananas are a little underripe, simply store them in a paper bag to speed up the ripening process.
Snag the full recipe here! Then, make a Chai Tea Latte using single-serve pods or an instant mix to complement your homemade muffins.
Coffee facts? Check! Tasty breakfast recipe ideas to pair with your morning cup of Joe? Also check! Now, you’re ready to celebrate National Coffee Day with some fun facts and tasty breakfast dishes to share with your family. Cheers everyone!