In 2015, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) launched International Coffee Day. Observed annually on the 1st of October, this is a day to celebrate the coffee bean and to honour the folk involved in bringing us the energising tasty beverage we enjoy daily, from the harvesters and roasters to the baristas, not forgetting the plight of the coffee growers.
Like us, you properly start your day with at least one coffee, but today's cup deserves special reverence. Sip slowly, contemplate and then have a second. This evening, we suspect many bars will be promoting Dick Bradsell's excellent Vodka Espresso, better known as the Espresso Martini this is a cocktail that brilliantly harnesses the coffee bean's flavour.
New York's Plaza Hotel opened on this day in 1907. Many decades after Ernest Hemingway uncharitably advised F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to the Plaza, the hotel - along with its bar - remains a New York icon.
When it opened, the 19-storey building, a skyscraper at the time, featured no fewer than 1,650 crystal chandeliers, among other Gilded Age glitter and glitz. The Oak Room, still a cocktail destination today, was open only to men, until Prohibition forced its temporary closure. Appearances in movies ranging from Hitchcock's North by Northwest to The Great Gatsby, Funny Girl and Arthur have contributed to the Plaza's fame. Happy Birthday to the Plaza - we are toasting you with a New York Flip.