Today, September 29, 2014, is National Coffee Day. For those of us who crave caffeine or those who just enjoy some java from time to time, this is a wonderful day. First celebrated in Japan in 1983, National Coffee Day has become international. Not all countries celebrate on the same day; from early April until late November there are National Coffee Days celebrated in countries such as China, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Nepal, etc. The United States first began celebrating in 2005. Not only is it a day for free or discount coffee, it is also supposed to promote awareness of fair trade coffee products.
According to www.coffeedtective.com the drinking of coffee originated in 9th century Ethiopia. The next time you reach for a cup of coffee(later today perhaps) just think of the proud tradition that you are helping to carry on!
There are multiple places to head to for a free cup of coffee in the Central PA area.
McDonalds: The king of the free coffee, not only did McDonalds offer free coffee last March, they have been offering everyone one free small coffee September 16 – 29. Today is the big finale. No purchase is necessary and yes, you can get sugar and cream without having to pay for it.
Rutters: Rutters is offering one free large coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich. Don’t worry, it’s not just a morning offer. You can buy your breakfast sandwich all up until midnight! Simply bring your Rutters reward card or VIP Club information to the register with you. If you aren’t a membe ralready, the Rutter’s staff can help you sign up.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Although donuts is part of their name, everyone thinks of coffee when they think of Dunkin’ Donuts. They won’t let you down today. Everyone is entitled to one free medium hot dark roast coffee today. They do have this disclaimer “Plus applicable tax. Participation may vary. Free Medium Hot Dark Roast offer valid 9/29 only, while supplies last. Limit one per customer per visit.”
Starbucks: No free coffee here but they are introducing their newest Ethiopian coffee to honor the country that started us all drinking. This is one of only two single source coffees offered globally by the chain. According to their press release:
With its high elevation, rich volcanic soil, and more than 10,000 coffee varieties, Ethiopia produces some of the most extraordinary coffee in the world.
“Starbucks fully-washed, medium-bodied Ethiopian coffee offers soft, velvety notes of dark chocolate, subtle hints of peppery spice, and sweet, mandarin-like citrus for a balanced and approachable taste in the cup,” said Anthony Carroll, Starbucks coffee development manager.
Customers are able to request a free taste of this brew before purchasing. You may buy a drink or you may also get the 16 oz. bag of coffee beans (they will grind the beans to your specifications in-house).
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