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:
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.
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 Friday this year). But in other parts of the world, you may find it celebrated on October 1st.
How Can You Celebrate National Coffee Day?
1. Grab Some Free Coffee
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: Caribou Coffee isn’t just celebrating National Coffee Day this year. They’re doing an entire week! Caribou Perks Appreciation Week starts Monday, September 25th and goes through October 1st. You can read a list of the available freebies here or check your rewards app.
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.
Circle K: What’s more convenient than grabbing coffee at your local Circle K? Download the app and join their rewards program to qualify for a free cup of joe (any size) from September 25th through October 1st.
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!
Biggby Coffee: If you live near a Biggby Coffee location, you can pick up a free 20-ounce hot or iced coffee on the big day. You can even upgrade this free drink for a small charge.
Dutch Bros: Why not pick up a little swag with your free coffee? This year, Dutch Bros is offering a free drink with the purchase of their new “Drink More Coffee” hat. Now that’s a slogan we can all get behind!
2. Send a Gift (Or Treat Yourself!)
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 can 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
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.
4. Enter a Contest
Take this opportunity to enter a coffee-themed contest. You could win a whole lot of free coffee beans!
Enter the Keurig Sweepstakes
This year, Keurig is really going all-out. You can win a coffee-focused retreat (including latte art, cooking with coffee, and even coffee cocktail lessons) in upstate New York, plus an entire year of delicious K-Cup coffee pods! Read more about the rules and how to enter the sweepstakes here.
Win a Six-Month Coffee Subscription!
Who doesn’t want six free months of amazing coffee delivered right to their door? Palm Springs’ KESQ news channel is running a contest where you can win a six-month coffee subscription from Coachella Valley Coffee Co, a small-batch artisanal coffee roaster. All you have to do is tell them what your favorite coffee blend is.
5. Give Back
If you’re feeling thankful for your favorite hot beverage, why not give a little something back? The American Society of Echocardiography is running its annual National Coffee Day fundraiser. If you donate the cost of your regular cup of coffee, you can help raise up to $5,000 to support research, scholarships, and more. This fundraiser runs from September 25th through October 1st, but you can always reach out if you’d like to donate now.
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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