The International Coffee Organization sets a number of dates for countries to celebrate "National Coffee Day." Sept. 29 is the designated date for the U.S., Japan, South Africa and a number of other nations.
You can score free coffee at a number of national chains, including:
- Dunkin' Donuts- Free medium cup of hot or iced dark roast coffee
- Krispy Kreme- Free small coffee and free glazed donut
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea- Free small cup of Peet's Major Dickason Blend with any purchase of a baked good, oatmeal or fresh fruit
- GetGo- Free cup of coffee with download of app
- Sheetz- Free Kick in the Beans coffee
- Caribou Coffee- For every cup of Amy's Blend coffee purchase, Caribou will donate a cup of coffee to nurses and families in cancer centers across the country
- Whole Foods- 12-ounce cup of coffee for 25 cents
- Tim Hortons- Any size coffee in regular or dark roast for $1
- Panera Bread- Reward members can get free coffee through all of September
- Starbucks- No free coffee here but the coffee chain will plant one tree for every bag of coffee purchased
5 facts about coffee:
1. The U.S. is not number one when it comes to coffee consumption. "On a per capita coffee consumption basis, the the U.S is medium sized beverage, in a sea of extra large coffee drinking nations," says WorldAtlas.com.
2. Coffee is second only to oil as the world's most valuable commodity. (GlobalExchange.org)
3. Humans drink a lot of coffee: Annual global consumption is about 12 billion pounds. (GlobalExchange.org)
4. While there is an endless variety of coffee-based beverages, there are only two kinds of beans: Arabica and Robusta.
"Seventy percent of coffee beans are Arabica. Although less popular, Robusta is slightly more bitter and has twice as much caffeine." -- GoodHousekeeping.com
5. Coffee is a fruit. Coffee beans are actually the pits of berries that grow on bushes.
Looking for a local coffee shop near you? Check out this list from Yelp.