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, 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.
National coffee chains are also giving out free cups of coffee during the week of Sept. 23.
McDonald's restaurants along the East Coast are 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.
Here are your local McDonald's locations:
- 2439 Barnum Ave.
- 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff
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.
Here are your local 7-Eleven locations:
- 1607 Barnum Ave.
- 3621 Main St.
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.
Unfortunately, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts locations will not be giving away free coffee for National Coffee Day, but you can still celebrate this day by sipping a cup of their brews.
What's your favorite blend, and where do you get it? Tell us in the comments.