National Coffee Day is Tuesday, September 29, the ultimate day to get – and stay – caffeinated for little or no cost. Restaurants, convenience stores and brands alike are toasting the made-up holiday, which is held annually on Sept. 29, by giving away free coffee and serving up discounted brew. “National Coffee Day is one of the more popular days of the year for local coffee joints,” Brad Plothow, Womply vice president of brand and communications, told USA TODAY last year. “Expect big deals and longer-than-normal lines if you venture out to your favorite coffee klatch.”
Want to extend the free coffee holiday? Get free cups and discounts year-round by using restaurant and convenience store loyalty programs. Many programs give you a free cup for joining.
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Get a free hot or iced tall coffee with the purchase of any item from the “bake case” at store cafes.
Get to your local Caribou and you can purchase any large beverage (including one-size Nitro beverages) and get 50% off any bag of pre-packed beans to take home. (The offer excludes hand-packed bags of beans.) The discount is also available to customers who order ahead via the Caribou Perks app — just add both items to your order and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.
Sip on a FREE medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. The offer excludes Nitro Cold Brew and Cold Brew. Plus, espresso shots, flavors and dairy alternatives may be an additional charge.
With the 7Rewards app, some users have an offer to get any size coffee for $1. Offers are regional. Download the free app at www.7-eleven.com/7rewards and check for deals.
My Sweet Rewards members can sip on a FREE brewed coffee and doughnut of their choice. To join, click here. Everyone else (or non-members) can enjoy a FREE small coffee. No purchase necessary for either offer.
Get any size premium roast coffee for just $1. (That’s the regular price!)
Starbucks Rewards members who order a handcrafted beverage (grande or larger) by using the “order ahead and pay” feature in the Starbucks app will receive a FREE beverage loaded to their account for use on their next visit. The offer is not valid on the purchase of hot brewed coffee, tea or Starbucks Reserve beverages. Complimentary drink redeemed as a coupon automatically loaded to the member’s account — valued up to $10.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: With any food or beverage purchase over $2, get a free regular size coffee. Also Tuesday through Oct. 5 via Postmates get $3 off a $15 purchase.
Corner Bakery Cafe: This National Coffee Day promotion is getting a late start. The chain is giving loyalty members one free coffee daily for the month of October starting Oct. 1. To take advantage of the daily reward that can be used for one free regular coffee (espresso, cold brew, iced or hand-roasted) or tea, sign up for the loyalty program by 11:59 p.m. CT Oct. 4 at www.cornerbakerycafe.com. No purchase is required to get the free drinks but specialty coffee drinks are excluded.
Cumberland Farms: Text COFFEE to 64827 on Tuesday to get a digital coupon for a free hot or iced Farmhouse Blend or Bold coffee in any size. Those already in the text database should automatically receive the offer Tuesday morning.
Duck Donuts: Get any size hot or iced coffee for free with a purchase.
Dunkin’: With any purchase, get a free medium hot or iced coffee at restaurants nationwide.
Godiva: Get 30% off coffee bags at Godiva Boutiques and online.
Huddle House: Get a free cup of coffee with any dine-in purchase at all locations.
Jack in the Box: Get a free regular hot or iced coffee with any app purchase.
Kolache Factory: Get a free 12-ounce cup of coffee with a coupon the chain says will be posted on its social media sites. Print the coupon or show the coupon on the phone. Available in-store and for curbside.
Krispy Kreme: Everyone can get a free brewed coffee, no purchase necessary. But rewards members get an extra freebie with the free coffee – one free doughnut of their choice. Become a rewards member through the Krispy Kreme app or by visiting www.krispykreme.com/rewards. Both deals are valid “via pick-up and drive-thru at participating shops across the U.S.”
Love’s Travel Stops: Get any sized coffee or hot beverage for $1 and when the discounted coffee is purchased through the Love’s Connect app all proceeds go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Rewards members also can use a free drink refill credit for the purchase and Love’s will donate $1 on their behalf.
Nekter Juice Bar: Get a 16-ounce Cold Brew Smoothie for $5 all-day.
Panera Bread: Sign up for the MyPanera+ Coffee Subscription and the first month of unlimited premium hot coffee, iced coffee and hot tea is free. After the free month, pay $8.99 per month. Sign up at www.panerabread.com.
PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans: For every bag of coffee bought, in person or online, the brand will donate a bag of coffee to active U.S. military members.
Scooter’s Coffee: Get a free small coffee for going into a store or through the drive-thru.
Speedway: Get a free 16-ounce hot coffee from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Starbucks: The coffee giant kicks off a week of offers, games and “exciting ways” for loyalty members to earn stars toward free drinks and food Monday with the start of the Starland contest at www.starbucksrewardsstarland.com. On Tuesday, order a grande or larger handcrafted beverage and get a free drink offer loaded to your account. On Thursday, members can collect triple stars on orders.
Stewart’s Shops: Get a free hot, iced, or cold brew coffee from noon to close. Coffee and Cold Brew Refreshers are excluded.
Tim Hortons: From Monday through Oct. 26, purchase any size hot or iced coffee for $0.99 through the Tim Hortons app or at timhortons.com. Modifications are extra. Learn more at www.timhortons.com/offer-terms.
TravelCenters of America: UltraONE loyalty members receive a free cup of coffee when printing off a coupon at the kiosk. All other travelers can get a cup of coffee for 99 cents at participating locations, the chain said.
Wendy’s: Starting Tuesday through Nov. 4, participating Wendy’s in select parts of the country are giving free hot coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich. The participating markets are Boston; Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts; and Cleveland/Youngstown, Ohio. In other parts of the country, check the Wendy’s app for offers.