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National Coffee Day 2023: How to Celebrate & Get Free Coffee

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Are you wondering when this year’s free coffee day is? National Coffee Day, also called International Coffee Day or just plain Coffee Day, is nearly here! Our favorite holiday of the year is celebrated on September 29th. But it’s not just a day to celebrate one of the world’s most popular drinks — it’s also a day to enjoy free coffee, try a new recipe, send a gift, or enter a contest!

Scroll down to find out where you can get free coffee and how to celebrate this fun holiday in style:


In honor of National Coffee Day, Atlas Coffee Club is offering an amazing deal. Get your first bag of coffee FOR FREE by entering code ATLASCOFFEEDAY22 at checkout. This deal runs from September 26 – October 3rd!

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What is National Coffee Day?

National Coffee Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day to celebrate the world’s favorite caffeinated beverage. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about this ancient drink.

For National Coffee Day 2019, the Costa Rican Tourist Board distributed 2,000 free cups of coffee in New York City. But what’s happening this year? Keep reading for some great ideas.

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When is it?

Depending on where you are, it can be celebrated on different days. In the United States, National Coffee Day is celebrated on September 29th (a Thursday this year). But in other parts of the world, you may find it celebrated on October 1st.

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How Can You Celebrate National Coffee Day?

1. Grab Some Free Coffee

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National Coffee Day is mainly about coffee awareness, but you can’t forget the freebies! Big coffee brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme, and Starbucks typically offer free coffee samples or cups of coffee on this highly caffeinated holiday. We’d recommend popping into your favorite coffee shop on September 29th to see what’s on offer. You may be surprised by the National Coffee Day deals available.

And stay up to date with freebies and perks all year round by joining a coffee bean rewards program!

The Best National Coffee Day Free Coffee Offers:

Dunkin’: Head into your local Dunkin’ to grab a free medium-sized hot or iced coffee on National Coffee Day. This coffee can be hot or iced, but you do need to sign up for the Dunkin’ rewards program to claim it.

Caribou Coffee: If you’re a member of Caribou Coffee’s rewards program, you can snag a $3 medium-sized drink on National Coffee Day. And if you’re not a member, sign up now for a free drink of any size!

Burger King: Swing by your local Burger King for a free small iced coffee through September 30th! All you need to do is be a member of Royal Perks and buy $1 or more of food and drinks during breakfast hours (generally until 10:30 am).

Krispy Kreme: Who doesn’t love Krispy Kreme donuts? Stop by this tasty chain on September 29th for a free iced or hot coffee. And sign up for the rewards program to get a free donut, too!

Sheetz: If you’re a member of the My Sheetz Rewardz program, you can pick up a free cold brew coffee (your choice of size!) on National Coffee Day. You do need to make a purchase through their app to get this deal.

Panera: This year, Panera is celebrating National Coffee Day for an entire week! From September 29th through October 5th, Panera is running MyPanera Week, which includes fun freebies for members of the loyalty program. Take a look at Panera’s press release for the details!


In honor of National Coffee Day, Atlas Coffee Club is offering an amazing deal. Get your first bag of coffee FOR FREE by entering code ATLASCOFFEEDAY22 at checkout. This deal runs from September 26 – October 3rd!

2. Send a Gift (Or Treat Yourself!)

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Help the coffee lovers in your life celebrate by sending a fun gift! Coffee subscriptions are a nice way to extend the celebration. Your friends or family can enjoy months of gourmet coffee delivered right to their doors.

In honor of National Coffee Day, you sign up for one of this year’s best coffee subscription deals. We recommend Atlas Coffee Club’s gourmet & delicious boxes for the adventurous and Bean Box’s fun samplers for those with varied palates. Why not treat your favorite coffee lover to an adventure in a box?

Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? Try Match Made, a delicious subscription that combines coffee and cookies. Coffee gift baskets can also be a fun way to go, providing your favorite coffee lover with all the beans and accessories they want.

Looking for more? See our full list of great gifts for coffee lovers!

3. Make a New Drink

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Why not celebrate this caffeine-infused holiday by trying a new coffee recipe? We recommend whipping up a caramel latte, Mexican café de olla, or Vietnamese iced coffee. Or sample a decadent dulce de leche coffee, unusual blue algae latte, or classic mint chocolate chip cold brew.

Looking for something else? We have lots of recipe ideas, including healthy options, recipes for the Ninja Coffee Bar, and 22 different coffee drink ideas.

4. Enter a Contest

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Take this opportunity to enter a coffee-themed contest. You could win a whole lot of free coffee beans!

Win a Week of Saxbys Coffee!

If you happen to live near a Saxbys coffee shop, enter this fun photo contest for a chance to win a whole week of free java. All you have to do is send the Saxbys Instagram account (@Saxbys_Coffee) your favorite photos featuring their drinks.

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Happy National Coffee Day!

We hope this guide helps you find a great way to celebrate National Coffee Day! Whether you decide to try a new recipe, send a fun gift, enter a contest, or find caffeinated freebies, you can hardly go wrong. Coffee is a delicious, popular, and versatile drink, and it deserves a fun holiday.

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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