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International coffee day

What is it? Why is it important? And how can you take part?

International coffee day

It should come as no surprise that International Coffee Day is one of our favourite days of the year. While many of us celebrate our morning coffee each and every day, there's more to THIS special day than just indulging in your favourite drink.

What is International Coffee Day and why is it important?

International Coffee Day is a celebration of everyone that makes our daily brew possible. It's a day to recognise the hard work of farmers, roasters, coffee makers and baristas the world over.

It's also an opportunity to shine a light on important issues such as fair trade, sustainability, and the livelihoods of coffee farmers around the globe.

When is International Coffee Day?

International coffee day falls on October 1st each year.

How we make a difference at Nespresso

International Coffee Day is a great opportunity to celebrate all of the people that help us to create delicious coffee. But there's a lot more to our story than just great taste: behind every cup is a journey. Every bean has been carefully grown, picked, and skilfully roasted and every blend tells the tale of the land, the environment and the people from which it came. This is why sustainability is at the heart of everything we do every single day of the year.

Sustainable Choices

In 2003, we partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to create the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program The goal:to create exceptional coffee in a sustainable manner,benefiting farming communities. 

The program started with roughly 300 farmers and there are now about 110,000 in 14 countries. Each member has one goal in mind: to create sustainable quality now and always.

Today we source some 80% of our permanent coffees from the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. Our long-term partnerships are central to our vision of a sustainable future that supports farmers and the creation of great tasting coffee.

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Our favourite ways to celebrate International Coffee Day

From cosy coffees on the couch to digital catch ups friends and family, we've got some great ways for you to enjoy ICD this year.

Enjoy a coffee date with a friend

Join a friend or colleague online for a catch up and a coffee. International Coffee Day presents a great opportunity to connect with loved ones and workmates in celebration of all things coffee. By drinking one of our coffees, you're helping to support the livelihoods and future of coffee farmers who help to bring our beans to life.

Curl up with a cup

Whether you choose to celebrate with a perfect pour of your favourite coffee or you're ready to try something new, ICD is the perfect excuse to indulge. Explore our range of blends sourced from all over the world or stock up on old favourites to participate from the comfort of your couch. With a delicious range of blends to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect, mug-sized celebration.

Refine your latte art skills

Coffee can look as beautiful as it tastes. With a little skill and practice you can create your own latte art from home. Try starting with a simple leaf and work your way up to more intricate designs. See our full guide on latte art for more.

Which blend will you be enjoying on International Coffee Day?

Take your pick

Add some new recipes to your coffee repertoire

Caramel cookie coffee recipe

For the perfect afternoon pick me up, why not try a Barista Creations flavoured coffee. Our Caramel Cookie Reverso is the perfect way to compliment that little afternoon sweet treat.


  • 1 capsule of Barista Creations Caramel Cookie
  • Milk of your choice


  1. Pour a dash of cold milk into your cup.
  2. Extract your Caramel Cookie coffee on top
  3. For an even sweeter treat, add 5ml of caramel syrup.
Ispirazione Genova Livanto over ice

Ispirazione Genova Livanto Over Ice is the perfect coffee celebration for those who prefer a cooler cup.



  1. Place 90g ice cubes (3 ice cubes) into a glass.

  2. Extract 40 ml (one Espresso extraction) coffee on top.

  3. Pour almond milk over the ice and coffee.

  4. For a more indulgent coffee moment, add the malt syrup after the first step and top with ice cream and crushed amaretti biscuits.

International Coffee Day: The takeaway

We've given you some great ways to mark the day. Whether you choose to catch up with loved ones online, get creative with new recipes or latte art, or simply cuddle up in a cosy corner with a warm mug, you can enjoy the day knowing that the coffee you're sipping is made with a respect for the land and its people, with a sustainable future in mind and with a great love of delicious coffee at heart.

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