Thursday is National Coffee Day in the United States, and in celebration, certain stores are handing out free cups of one of the world’s most widely consumed beverages. The convenience store chain 7-Eleven was offering free medium coffees, cappuccinos, and lattes from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m, or as long as coffee supplies lasted.
Didn’t make it to 7-Eleven in time for a free cup of joe? You can still get a complimentary cup at Krispy Kreme, the doughnut chain, which is giving away 12-ounce cups of its new Signature House Blend. Also in a giving mood is Thornton’s, a convenience-store chain, where you can get a free coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate until 2 p.m.
If you want to celebrate National Coffee Day in the comfort of your own home, Kikkoman, the soy sauce company, is offering a free container of Kikkoman Pearl Organic Soymilk Coffee to its fans on Facebook. All you have to do is send an e-mail containing your name and home address to email@example.com , and a package of soy coffee will be delivered right to your front door.
If none of those options sound quite like your cup of tea (or coffee), there are deals to be had elsewhere. The Caribou Coffee chain is offering a "buy one, get one free" deal on beverages with this online coupon. Barnes and Noble members can also get the same deal on the Starbucks coffee sold in its stores, with this coupon, valid until Oct. 5.
Publix supermarkets are also in on the celebration, offering a "buy one, get one free" deal on 12-ounce bags of Eight O’ Clock coffee all this week.
And if you miss out on the National Coffee Day celebrations altogether this year, take comfort: You still can hop a flight to Tokyo in time for Japanese National Coffee Day, which takes place on Oct. 1.