After Krispy Kreme handed out free donuts to those who talked and dressed like pirate, it’s now time for caffeine lovers to unite and sip as many cups of their favorite brew because it’s National Coffee Day!
National Coffee Day is part of the celebration of the aptly named International Coffee Day, an occasion to promote “coffee as a beverage”. In March 2014, the International Coffee Organization agreed to introduce the faux holiday at the Expo 2015 in Milan.
Its national counterpart on the other hand usually falls on the 29th of September where 22 countries including the United States, Ethiopia and the Philippines celebrate by giving discounts and freebies to coffee lovers. Other nations like China, Ireland, Mongolia and Switzerland commemorate National Coffee Day somewhere between the months of April to September 28th.
There are a handful of chains in the US that are willing to refill your cup. Of course, some may require additional purchases, but if you’re one of the millions who needs around three cups just to jolt and kick-start their day, these promos are worth every cent and, eventually, every coffee-filled cup.
Among others, Atlas Coffee Club will be sending you your first bag of coffee for free when you sign up for their monthly themed subscription. The catch? You have to shoulder the shipping, which is not entirely a bad deal. There’s also Chick-fil-A, who will give customers a free small iced coffee for every purchase.
If you’re into text promos, then text FREECOFFEE to 64827 to receive a mobile coupon in exchange for a free cup courtesy of Cumberland Farms. Pilot Flying J will also get you a free cup or any beverage for that matter. Just head on over to their official Facebook page, present the coupon and enjoy.
Dunkin’ Donuts is also joining in the free coffee foray. In celebration of their 66th anniversary, the donut chain is now charging the same amount, 66 cents, for their coffee.
And then there’s Krispy Kreme. The company seems to have a hangover from their Talk Like A Pirate Day and decided to jump in the coffee bandwagon. They are now handing out free 12 oz. coffees plus an Original Glazed Doughnut to anyone who walks in one of their participating outlets. Now that is a treat!
On the other hand, companies like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Whole Foods are making use of the National Coffee Day to empower their charity works. For instance, McDonald’s will donate all proceeds from McCafe sales to the Covenant House, while Starbucks will give a coffee farmer a “rust-resistant coffee tree” every time you order a Mexico Chiapas.
And for their part, Whole Foods’ in-house coffee shop Allegro will donate a dollar for every cup of coffee sold to the Whole Planet Foundation.