There’s ringing in my ears every morning, do I need to see a doctor? No, wait it’s the alarm ringing at the crack of noon each day, telling me it’s time for coffee! Coffee has a real connection to money, work, and the workplace. I’m almost positive that you have been involved in some sort of early morning meeting at your workplace and there ya’ have it, coffee to get the proceedings of your day underway. Hey, anyone want a cup?
I’m retired, so to hell with rush hour and those 6 am showers like I did for 5 decades, arriving at the office after a long commute at 7:30 am to go to a meeting. Yup, I admit it. I often sleep in these days and why not? After all, I don’t have to hit the road to commute somewhere and I have plenty of time to wake up and have my morning (or noon) cup of java. I do like my coffee, so for me and probably many of you too, Coffee Day is every day now, isn’t it? But wait…
Celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29, 2017 and Get It for Free!
In case you were wondering, there is actually a real National Coffee Day or really it’s International Coffee Day celebrated every year since its inception in 2005. This year, it will be celebrated on Friday, September 29, 2017 (actually it runs the entire weekend in a lot of locations starting on September 29th). This year’s list of participants includes:
1. Cumberland Farms
Get a free any-sized Farmhouse Blend or Bold coffee, or tea and hot chocolate by texting FREECOFFEE to 64827. Oh, and by the way, October the 13th and the 27th are the Fridays when coffee will be given away too!
2. Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ is offering a BOGO which is buy any medium or large coffee and get a second medium free on September 29th all day long!
3. Krispy Kreme
Get a free any-size coffee and free glazed donut at Krispy all weekend long this year, and who doesn’t love that!
In the Mid-Atlantic area of the US, try a free self-serve coffee all day long on September 29th at their service stations and convenience stores!
5. Whole Foods
From September 29th to November 1st, Whole Foods is offering 25-cent coffee (not free but special 🙂 ) as well as special deals at each location on flavors and treats.
A free cup of coffee any size, at all 730 locations and you can visit all day with no limit on the number of free cups!
Get a free 12 oz. coffee all day on September 29th.
8. Tim Horton
Get a deal for a free cup all week long, September 29th to October 6th at their US locations if you use their free app on your smartphone so check it out!
9. Pilot and Flying J
They’re giving you a free cup when you use the coupon available at their website on September 29th only.
10. Bruegger’s Bagels
Although this bagel chain isn’t offering any day-of freebies, pay attention to its social media channels. On September 29th, you can enter a flash giveaway for a chance to win free coffee for the rest of the year.
11. Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Stop by a participating Peet’s & get 25% off all beans. Plus, you’ll score a free drip coffee or tea with your bean purchase. Shopping online? Take 25% off all regular, non-subscription bean purchases via the coupon code “COFFEEDAY17”.
12. Community Coffee Company
Take 30% off online purchases of $30 or more via the code “COFFEEDAY” on September 29th.
Get an any-sized free cup all weekend long September 29th through October 1st.
As always, call ahead to confirm that your location is participating.
Some companies are offering you free or discounted coffee on National Coffee Day, and they will also be making coffee-related charitable efforts. Like these, offered last year:
1. Whole Foods
Allegro Coffee donated $1 for every drip coffee sold at Whole Foods Market stores to Whole Planet Foundation.
2. Caribou Coffee
A cup of coffee was donated to caregivers at health facilities and hospitals when customers purchased a cup of Amy’s Blend coffee.
The coffee giant made a donation every time a coffee was sold on National Coffee Day.
4. Dutch Bros. Coffee
$1 from every drink purchase went to local youth organizations as part of the chain’s “Buck for Kids” program.
Make sure you check what’s happening in your own local area!
We Love Coffee
Since many of the places around the world spread out National Coffee Day from September 29th through the 1st of October, it is really National or International Coffee Weekend? Am I making this way too complicated for you?
Here in the USA, coffee is almost royalty the way tea is in Great Britain.
Coffee and a bagel where I live are sort of like tea and crumpets I guess. Frankly, I don’t mind a Krimpet now and again with my coffee. Having grown up in Philadelphia, I am pretty familiar with Tastykake’s version of the treat.
So it’s coffee in the morning and catching up with some old friends, or maybe it’s having a cup with a new “hot” date for some. We literally have coffee with family, friends, business associates, and lovers. If you don’t believe it, just walk down any street in town and you will see the numerous shops and chains around that feature our super favorite hot beverage.
The World Coffee Scorecard
Believe it or not, as much as we think coffee is something that just we as Americans are in love and overwhelmed with, the USA doesn’t even break into the top 10 in actual coffee consumption in the latest available rankings.
Seems that doesn’t make sense then when we see places like Starbucks everywhere and of course Dunkin’ Donuts which I truly think is literally on every corner in America. When the aliens arrive and go through the rubble of whatever is left of our planet, they are sure to find enough evidence to certify that Coffee and Dunkin were the “gods” of our planet and which then abandoned us insuring our ultimate demise.
Charts often list Finland with the distinction of being number 1 in the rankings, followed by Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, and Slovenia who round out the Top 5 drinkers. We came in at 25th if you can believe that. Maybe there’s a connection to coffee and trying to keep warm? Being so popular in places like Scandinavia, well, you can draw that conclusion pretty easily. I guess it seems fairly logical that a cup of “hot java” makes sense.
A Small Cup of History
Coffee was originally popularized in the Arab world around the 15th century and then spread into Asia then back to Italy and Europe before winding up in America. Now today coffee is one of the world’s biggest crops.
Coffee fact: the coffee bean itself is actually the pit that’s inside the coffee berry or “cherry” as it is known, first discovered in the 9th century in Ethiopia. Whether you favor espressos, Americanos, lattes, cappuccinos, iced, decaf, filtered or instant, Coffee Day is a day set aside to savor and appreciate enjoyment of coffee!
Hey Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?
There are lots of songs about coffee and that list continues to grow over the years. Here’s a sampling, enjoy!
Prices, of course, have changed quite a bit since back in the day. In fact, even in my own lifetime coffee has exploded in price. Back in 1970, the average price for a cup was about 50 cents. Today in 2017 prices are more in the mid-point between $1 and $2 for a basic cup in most shops. As a commodity, prices will continue to rise and fall much like the price of oil does these days.
If you go by sales trends, Keurig and the whole K-cup revolution has changed coffee sales in America today. The number of users is growing from year to year. Why? I guess it just really all comes down to an opinion and we know everyone has one of those, don’t we.
We live in a place that has dozens of varieties and flavors so keep trying and experimenting to find “the best” according to you. Good luck and have a happy National Coffee Day!
Why not invite a bunch of your friends over for a morning coffee chat in celebration? You can also try different kinds of flavors as coffee has expanded all over the spectrum with new tastes. Try some coffee-flavored foods as well all day long like coffee flavored yogurt for lunch or a coffee rubbed steak for dinner.
There will also be coffee tasting events all over so check locally for where they are being held and learn all about the science and art of growing coffee.
Are you a coffee drinker, a fan, or a fanatic? Do you spend waaaaay too much money on your coffee habit? What’s your brand of choice and where do you get it? Is there any other morning drink you prefer?