If the first words out of your mouth every morning are, “I’ll have a large coffee”—or if you can’t even speak until after you’ve had your java fix—there's a national holiday created especially for you.
America will put staunch tea drinkers to shame on National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, when coffee fiends can rejoice and celebrate their beloved coffee bean with free brew from national chains.
Coffee was first brought to America in the mid-1600s in a shipment en route to “New Amsterdam,” now known as New York, according to the National Coffee Association. We have that shipment and the Boston Tea Party to thank for turning the nation into coffee drinkers.
Many local cafes and businesses are participating in the national celebration.
- The Rock House, 1150 Central St., Wilmette, will be giving away a free small coffee Saturday with the purchase of any espresso or coffee drink.
- Glencoe's 7-Eleven, 107 Green Bay Rd., will be celebrating by giving a free large coffee for anyone who stops by.
National coffee chains will also be giving out free cups of coffee during the week of Sept. 23.
McDonald's restaurants along the East Coast will be giving away free 12-ounce coffees every day from Sept. 23 through Sept. 29. No purchase is necessary, and coffee will be available in the drive-thru or in the restaurants.
It’s CofFREE Day at 7-Eleven, which means a free large coffee for anyone who stops by a participating 7-Eleven store between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sept. 28.
Krispy Kreme is offering one free 12-ounce House Blend Coffee per customer at participating stores on Sept. 29, with no purchase necessary. The company is also holding a contest in conjunction with their 75th anniversary. Participants will have a chance to win two free bags of coffee per month for the next year.
Dunkin Donuts announced on its website that it will be selling coffee for $5.99 per pound on Saturday and Sunday at participating locations.
Other local coffee shops to visit include:
- Alchemy Coffee House, 416 Linden Ave., Wilmette
- Link's Sweet Bean, 141 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette
- Leonidas Chocolate Cafe, 1157 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
- Glencoe Roast Coffee, 700 Vernon Ave, Glencoe
- Plaza Cafe, 2 Northfield Plz, Northfield
- Cafe Aroma, 561 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
- Café Fleurette
What’s your favorite blend, and where do you get it? Tell us in the comments.
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