Ummm, hello! This could very well be one of my favorite days of the year!!! Lol, ok I'm totally exaggerating, but I do love coffee! I do get a little chuckle out of how nearly everyday is a "National-something" day. There is National Dog Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Pancake Day....I could go on and on... It's sort of silly I guess, but hey, it is a little fun too. Coffee is a popular drink, no doubt about it! An estimated 400 billion cups consumed each year! It seems to be a running joke about moms running on coffee during the day, and then reward themselves with wine at night. Geez, I don't know anyone like that! ;)
So, being National Coffee Day, did you know that there are places that offer freebies today?? Or, at least discounts on your cup of Joe!! Because I am here to serve you, my lovely readers, I will share some with you right here and now!! Get your coffee cups ready!!
Dunkin’ Donuts: Free medium cup of
Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and original glazed donut.
Sheetz: Free cup of coffee.
Tim Hortons: Get any size coffee in Regular or Dark Roast for just $1 at participating U.S. restaurants.
McDonald’s: Participating McDonald’s restaurants are giving away free small coffees, others are charging only .25 cents.
Cumberland Farms: Customers can text the word FREECOFFEE to 33733 using their smartphone to receive a coupon for a free hot or iced coffee, in any size, all day long.
Panera Bread: Rewards members have been able to score a free coffee every day of September, so this deal will be good for National Coffee Day too of course.
Wawa: Free coffee in the size of your choice.
If you have heard of anymore deals, please add them in the comment section below! A couple of these places, like Cumberland Farms and Wawa, we don't have in my area, but I still shared because they're obviously out there somewhere!
Right now you might be thinking, "what? no deal at Starbucks?"...the company decided to take another approach on National Coffee Day. It has been reported that Starbucks is launching an initiative called “Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag Commitment.” Over the next year, when someone buys a bag of coffee at a Starbucks location, a tree will be planted in a community that needs one on their behalf. Starbucks is also planting 1 million coffee trees in farming communities that need help. Hey, more coffee tress means more coffee! But, sorry guys, no free coffee at Starbucks, but that is a nice idea anyway.
Alright, so the geek in me wanted to know a little history behind coffee! I consulted Wikipedia to get some info! Coffee dates back to around the 10th Century, and thought to have been first discovered in Ethiopia. By the 16th Century, it had spread through the Middle East, and then continued to expand throughout the world. So yes, these amazing coffee beans have been around a while! Today, coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries. As of 2005, it has been the world's seventh largest legal (I like how they added the legal part, haha) agricultural export and the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries. So yeah, coffee is sorta a big deal :)
Everyone seems to have vast differences on what kind of coffee they like, what they like in it, and so on... Do you have a favorite? I am so easy when it comes to coffee! Some of you might think I'm crazy, but I don't really care for Starbucks, and even Tim Horton's I could take it, or leave it. I actually rather make my own at home, using French vanilla creamer...or even just stop at a gas station for coffee if I'm on the road. So, no real fancy stuff for me! haha! But the key to my coffee, like I mentioned, is the flavored creamer. I won't even bother if I can only have milk or sugar. Flavored creamer is the only way to go for me! French vanilla is my favorite, but others are ok too. I like the pumpkin spice creamers this time of year!
Have a fabulous day, everyone...and I hope you all get to enjoy some coffee today!!