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National Coffee Day 2020: How to Celebrate & Get Free Coffee

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Are you wondering when this year’s free coffee day is? National Coffee Day, also called International Coffee Day or just plain Coffee Day, is nearly here! Our favorite holiday of the year is celebrated on September 29th. But it’s not just a day to celebrate one of the world’s most popular drinks — it’s also a day to enjoy free coffee, try a new recipe, send a gift, or enter a contest!

Scroll down to find out where you can get free coffee and how to celebrate this fun holiday in style:

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What is National Coffee Day?

National Coffee Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day to celebrate the world’s favorite caffeinated beverage. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about this ancient drink.

For National Coffee Day 2019, the Costa Rican Tourist Board distributed 2,000 free cups of coffee in New York City. With COVID-19, this year is likely to be a little different. But don’t worry: you can still have fun! Keep reading for some great ideas.

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When is National Coffee Day?

Depending on where you are, it can be celebrated on different days. In the United States, National Coffee Day is celebrated on September 29th (a Tuesday this year). But in other parts of the world, you may find it celebrated on October 1st.

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How Can You Celebrate National Coffee Day?

1. Make a New Drink

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Why not celebrate this caffeine-infused holiday by trying a new coffee recipe? We recommend whipping up a caramel latte, Mexican café de olla, or Vietnamese iced coffee.

Looking for something else? We have lots of recipe ideas, including healthy options, recipes for the Ninja Coffee Bar, and 22 different coffee drink ideas.


2. Send a Gift

Angels’ Cup Subscription

Help the coffee lovers in your life celebrate by sending a fun gift! Coffee subscriptions are a nice way to extend the celebration. Your friends or family can enjoy months of gourmet coffee delivered right to their doors.

We especially recommend Angels’ Cup, Atlas Coffee Club, and Driftaway. Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? Try Match Made, a delicious subscription that combines coffee and cookies.

Coffee gift baskets can also be a fun way to go, providing your favorite coffee lover with all the beans and accessories they want.

Looking for more? See our full list of great gifts for coffee lovers!


3. Enter a Contest

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Take this opportunity to enter a coffee-themed contest. You could win pricey coffee gear or have your photography featured by an art gallery!

Win a Free Coffee Machine

Did you have to delay your wedding because of the coronavirus? Turn your misfortune into good luck and win a deluxe espresso machine! In honor of National Coffee Day, Designer Appliances is offering a couples coffee contest.

Calling All Photographers

Are you an expert coffee photographer? Enter the Black Rock Center’s National Coffee Day photography contest and test your chops!


4. Grab Some Free Coffee

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National Coffee Day is all about coffee awareness, but you can’t forget the freebies! Big coffee brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme, and Starbucks typically offer free samples or cups of coffee on this highly caffeinated holiday. This year is a little different, but we’d recommend popping into your favorite coffee shop on September 29th to see what’s on offer. You may be surprised by the National Coffee Day deals available.

And stay up to date with freebies and perks all year round by joining a coffee bean rewards program!

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Happy National Coffee Day!

We hope this guide helps you find a great way to celebrate National Coffee Day! Whether you decide to try a new recipe, send a fun gift, enter a contest, or find caffeinated freebies, you can hardly go wrong. Coffee is a delicious, popular, and versatile drink, and it deserves a fun holiday.

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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