McDonald’s New York Tri-State wishes everyone a happy International Coffee Day!
Today marks the end of McDonald’s second national Free Coffee Event, which allowed guests the chance to enjoy a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours from September 16 – 29 at participating McDonald’s restaurants across the country. This event was created to not only celebrate the history of the popular beverage, but to also raise awareness for coffee growers around the world.
The global spread of coffee growing and drinking began in the Horn of Africa, where, according to legend, coffee trees originated in the Ethiopian province of Kaffa. It is recorded that the fruit of the plant, known as “coffee cherries”, was taken from present-day Sudan into Yemen and Arabia through the great port of its day, named Mocha. In an attempt to prevent its cultivation elsewhere, the Arabs imposed a ban on the export of coffee beans, a restriction that was eventually circumvented in 1616 by the Dutch, who brought live coffee plants back to the Netherlands to be grown in greenhouses. They were the first to start the spread of the coffee plant in Central and South America, where it currently reigns supreme as the main continental cash crop.
Today, you can find quality coffee in every major city of the world, from London to Sydney to Tokyo to right here in your local McDonald’s restaurant in New York City Tri-State.
Source: International Coffee Organization
Photo: Marshall J. Betterton / McDonald’s Corporation
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