Raise a cup, the ultimate deal day for coffee fans has arrived.
National Coffee Day is Tuesday and restaurants, convenience stores and brands alike are toasting the made-up holiday by giving away free coffee and serving up discounted brew. While many partake in the caffeinated beverage daily, the holiday is held annually on Sept. 29.
Starbucks kicked off the holiday on Monday with the start of its monthlong “Starland” augmented reality game for members of the updated Starbucks Rewards loyalty program.
Through Oct. 28, the Seattle-based coffee giant will give more than 2.5 million prizes like free coffee, free breakfast and stars.
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And Starbucks Rewards members who order a grande or larger handcrafted beverage Tuesday using the order ahead and pay feature on the Starbucks app will get a free drink loaded to their account for use on their next visit, the company announced in a blog post.
A caffeine fix might also help you stay alert during the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The 90-minute debate starts at 9 p.m. EDT.
There’s a simple way to make your own coffee holidays: Get free cups and discounts year-round by using restaurant and convenience store loyalty programs. Many programs give you a free cup just for joining.
Coffee Day 2020 deals and freebies
The following offers are available Sept. 29, unless otherwise noted. Always check with your closest location as offers and participation can vary. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.
7-Eleven: With the 7Rewards app, some users have an offer to get any size coffee for $1. Offers are regional so check your app for deals.
Barnes & Noble: Get a free hot or iced tall coffee with the purchase of any item from the “bake case” at store cafes.
Biggby Coffee: Get a free 20-ounce hot or iced brewed coffee with any purchase. The offer doesn’t apply to cold brew, lattes, tea lattes or specialty beverages.
Caribou Coffee: Buy any large beverage and get 50% off any bag of prepackaged beans to take home.
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, a company representative told USA TODAY. 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.
Panera’s new coffee subscription program offers unlimited hot and iced coffee and hot tea for $8.99 a month.
Peet’s Coffee: Through Tuesday, get 25% off coffee beans in Peet’s coffeebars and online using the promo code COFFEEDAY20. Also on Tuesday, all Peet’s coffeebar orders placed via the Peet’s app and online at pickup.peets.com get free delivery with no delivery service fees.
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.
Sonic Drive-In: From Monday through Oct. 5, Sonic is offering a free large drink or slush with orders placed in the chain’s app with promo code TEACHERS. One per customer. Download the app at www.sonicdrivein.com/app.
Speedway: Get a free 16-ounce hot coffee from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Starbucks: The coffee giant kicked 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 that goes through Oct. 28. For National Coffee Day 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.
More deals: Local coffee shops and smaller chains may also offer free coffee or discounts Tuesday. An easy way to find out is to check social media.
National Coffee Day 2020 contests
Clio Coffee: The brand is giving away50 Clio Brewers plus a month supply of coffee pods in a contest that goes through Tuesday. To enter, tag @ClioCoffee on Instagram and #MissedAmericano in a post sharing the details of your missed vacation to Italy. One winner from each state will be selected at random.
Milano: For National Coffee Day, the cookie brand is partnering with designer Tan France “with the creation of a limited-edition Milano x Tan France Cup & Saucer set, crafted to make eating Milano cookies even more indulgent.” Milano will be giving away a select number of the limited-edition sets that include Double Dark Chocolate Milano cookies Tuesday through Oct. 2 on its Instagram page @Milanocookies. Look for an Instagram post Tuesday to learn more.
Rebel Hard Coffee: For the alcoholic coffee brand, Tuesday is National Hard Coffee Brand. Through Oct. 4, visit www.winwithrebel.com to enter its sweepstakes for a chance to win outdoor adventure prizes such as paddleboards, outdoor hammocks, Yeti can coolers, Bluetooth speakers, travel backpacks and sleeping bags. There is no purchase or payment necessary to enter or win but to enter participants need to be 21 or older to enter. Winners will be selected on Oct. 13.
Silk: The dairy-free brand is giving 100 fans free oatmilk, Silk Oat Yeah “The Extra Creamy One” oatmilk, with a contest on Instagram. To enter, visit Silk’s Instagram @Silk at 10 a.m. ET and comment on “which featured Extra Creamy drink you’d like to try most (from influencer favorites Vibrant & Pure, Namaste Upbeet and Sweet Greens Vegan).” The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday and Silk says it will randomly select winners and notify them through Instagram direct message.
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