International National FREE Coffee Day (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Costa)

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International Coffee Day

So many of us start our day with a cup of coffee. This is as much a part of modern culture as smartphones and the internet, and for many, it’s something that is just as essential to get through the day. How about a cup of free coffee on National Coffee Day?

This drink is a daily essential for many. From drinkers to the farmers that produce it and rely on its income. But one day every year everyone, whether they appreciate this beverage or not, gets together to acknowledge this caffeinated drink. Coffee Bean, Tully’s and McDonald’s McCafe® also have specials that they promote on National Coffee Day in the USA.

That day is International Coffee Day, and it occurs every September 29th.

What is International Coffee Day?

There is some debate regarding the origin of International Coffee Day. It is highly likely that it was created by a coffee producer, as is the case with so many food holidays. However, what we do know is that this day isn’t very old. Just like Starbucks coffee prices as you can enjoy a cup of coffee for less than $5 USD.

In the United States, it has been acknowledged to some extent since 2005, although the term “International Coffee Day” was not used until 2009. In Japan, where it most likely originated, they have promoted a similar day since the 1980s, while it has been around since 1997 in China.

Many countries have their own National Coffee Day, but these countries also acknowledge International Coffee Day. This day is mentioned in promotional materials from coffee houses. They take advantage of the exposure to offer deals on menu items, to introduce new items, release coupons and more. It’s all about the marketing, but unlike many other commercialized days, it’s marketing that benefits the consumer 100%.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what sort of deals you can get in anticipation of International Coffee Day.

International Coffee Day Deals 2017

This section will be updated at least a month before September 29th each year (next up, 2017). You will find all of the upcoming deals offered by the biggest chains. So, if you’re checking a little late or a little early, be sure to bookmark this page and check back at a later date.

In the meantime, you can learn about common International Coffee Day deals and offers below:

Previous International Coffee Day Deals

International Coffee Day Deals

Costa Coffee is the biggest coffee chain in many European countries, but it has yet to truly get behind International Coffee Day.

All of the following chains regularly jump on the bandwagon and do their bit during this food holiday. To learn more about each of them, and to find any coupons, freebies and more currently available (not only in relation to International Coffee Day) just click the links at the end of each segment.

Dunkin’ Donuts:

In 2016, just a day before International Coffee Day, Dunkin’ Donuts announced a deal on their social media pages. This deal was for a Medium Hot Coffee priced at just $0.66, a fraction of the usual cost. This wasn’t the only promotion, but all of them were announced a little late. This was also the case in previous years, so be sure to stay connected and to pay attention if you want some freebies for this international food holiday. (See Dunkin’ Donuts Coupons page).

Krispy Kreme:

Always keen to go one better than Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme offer free coffees and free donuts in participating locations during International Coffee Day. You need a coupon for these, but they are easily acquired. Some locations also have special menu items, free upgrades and more. (See Krispy Kreme Coupons page)

Starbucks:

International Coffee Day Starbucks

Iced coffees and other drinks from Starbucks.

The world’s biggest coffee house chain have gone down a different route in recent years. During one of their biggest International Coffee Day promotions, Starbucks promised to provide a single coffee tree to a farmer in need for every qualifying cup of coffee. There are also additional menu options and plenty of other promotions that help to support the industry. (See Starbucks Coupons page)

McDonalds:

Previous promotions from the Big M have included free coffees in certain locations. They tend to announce these on their social media pages on or just before International Coffee Day. In 2016, they announced a free coffee offer in McDonalds DMV one hour before midnight on September 28th. (See McDonalds Coupons page)

Costa Coffee:

This chain hasn’t quite supported this day, certainly not to the extent that the others have. Still, this is a day that has only really caught on since 2013, and one that is getting bigger year on year. So, keep an eye on the Costa Coffee social media feeds and our deals section as it’s just a matter of time. (See Costa Coffee Coupons page)

Below is a list of other chains and coffeehouses that have been known to offer International Coffee Day deals, as well as the promotions they have offered previously:

International Coffee Day Freebies

A selection of coffee beans.

  • Biggby Coffee: Free extras in all coffees, from Espresso shots to syrups.
  • Brew: Free Espresso for everyone who shared a promotional social media post.
  • The Coffee Bean: They have run several promotions. The biggest one was a giveaway where 1 customer could win free coffee for life.
  • Coffee Beanery: Freshly brewed coffee available in all locations for $1 per cup.
  • Coffee Culture: A free small coffee offered to all customers. No purchase was necessary and the offer was available all day.
  • Dutch Bros: For all coffee orders, the company donated $1 to a child in need.
  • GetGo: Free coffee for everyone who downloaded the GetGo mobile app.
  • Kwik Trip: Free coffee for customers who sent a text to a promotional number.
  • LeMar’s Donuts and Coffees: All purchases of a discounted, branded coffee mug would get a free coffee poured into that mug.
  • Peet’s Coffee: Free cup of drip-coffee for every order of food.
  • Stewart’s Shops: Free coffee before noon on International Coffee Day.
  • WaWa: A free cup of coffee all day.

Coffee Facts

Italian Espresso

An Italian Espresso. A small cup of coffee that can be drunk alone or added to a larger drink.

  • Coffee is one of the biggest sources of antioxidants for may Americans. Like tea, this caffeinated beverage can work wonders for your body, eliminating free radicals that can cause cancer and illness. Coffee may also reduce your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and cancer.
  • A cup of coffee contains several important vitamins. If you drink 3 cups a day, you’re getting a third of your RDA of Vitamin B2, 1/5th of Vitamin B5 and a small dose of potassium and magnesium.
  • All of the world’s coffee is grown within the “Coffee Belt”. This covers regions around the equator that have the perfect conditions for coffee. The biggest regions are in Southern Asia, South American and Central Africa.
  • Caffeine is not as diuretic as once thought. Many people still assume that coffee will dehydrate you, but while that was once believed, it has since been disproved. You need very large doses for the diuretic effects to occur and a few cups will not harm you. It won’t hydrate you as well as water would, but it won’t dehydrate you either. And that’s the important thing.

Coffee is often said to be the nation’s favorite drink, but that’s not quite true. American’s drink more water and soda than they drink coffee. The same goes for many other countries. However, when it comes to hot drinks and caffeine fixes, it leads the way.

The World’s Favorite Drug

There are more than 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States, just under a third of the total population and just over a half of all adults. Six out of every ten of these say that they need a drink of the black stuff just to get through the day, around the same number that says they don’t feel like their true self without a cup.


That’s a lot of drinkers and a lot of coffee. In fact, more than $18 billion is spent on speciality coffee in the US every year, not including home roasts, vending machine coffee and all the other “simple” coffees that have been a staple of American life for so many decades.

Coffee is a huge part of American life. But they are by no means the biggest drinkers of this hot drink. As you can see from the following table, which ranks coffee consumption per capita, they’re not even in the top 20.

Highest Coffee Consumption Per Capita

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  1. Finland
  2. Norway
  3. Iceland
  4. Denmark
  5. Netherlands
  6. Sweden
  7. Switzerland
  8. Belgium
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Canada
  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Austria
  13. Italy
  14. Slovenia
  15. Brazil
  16. Germany
  17. Greece
  18. France
  19. Croatia
  20. Cyprus

The astute among you will have noticed a trend. Most of the world’s biggest coffee consumers are not only a long way from the nearest producing region, but they’re all in Northern Europe. These hard-working, industrialized, modern countries are very similar to the United States. But there is one defining difference, and that’s the fact that they’re very cold. Coffee is therefore the perfect pick-me-up, as well as the perfect warm-me-up.

You would have to skip all the way down to 26th in this list to find the United States. Once you get a little further down, to 45th placed United Kingdom, 39th placed Japan and to 36th placed Ireland, you get into the countries that drink more tea than coffee.

United States was where Starbucks was born. The United Kingdom was where Costa Coffee was founded. Yet, the average Fin drinks around 6 cups for every 2 cups drunk by an American and every 1 cup drunk by a Brit.

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