How To Get Free Starbucks This Weekend

by Lily Feinn
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The flowers may be far from blooming (unless you live somewhere that's been struck with unseasonably warm weather recently), but your favorite coffee giant is already thinking ahead to spring — and some specific Starbucks drinks are BOGO this weekend to celebrate. Free coffee? Yes please!

On Feb 28, the 'Bux debuted two new Macchiato beverages perfect for the changing weather — and soon you can try one for free during Starbucks’ "Meet for Macchiatos" event. For a very limited time, Sbux fans can get double the caffeine at half the cost through the deal: Buy one Macchiato-style drink, get one free (free, I say!). The new menu additions ware available right now at participating locations throughout the United States and Canada, and this promotion makes for an affordable way to try them. Want to give everyone you know FOMO? Try all the latest tasty spring drinks and Instagram your experience before everyone else catches on and you're well on your way to succeeding.

For a brief four-day stint, starting March 2, 2017 and ending March 6, Sbux lovers can order any Macchiato of any size and get one of equal or lesser value at no additional charge. To make your wallet extra happy, the promotion includes the brand new Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato and the Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, as well as all the old favorites (hi there, Caramel Macchiato!) — served hot or iced. Considering one of these babies can run you up to five bucks, Sbux is making it easier than ever to treat a friend to a fancy espresso drink.

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To take advantage of the Meet For Macchiatos event, head to your local participating Starbucks over the next four days between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for an afternoon pick-me-up; any later or earlier and the BOGO deal will not be in affect. (You know those Happy Hour promos that Starbucks has run in the past? It's like that.)

With the addition of the two new dairy-free espresso drinks hitting the menu, there's a Macchiato for every style of coffee drinker. The seasonal drinks were inspired by the unreliable spring weather: Rain, sleet, snow, and sun — spring has it all; but thankfully, these versatile Macchiatos are made to suit all weather conditions.

To comfort yourself when temperatures dip, Starbucks offers the hot Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato. Starting with a base of steamed coconut milk, espresso shots are layered with a swirl of decadent white chocolate mocha sauce. The sweet drink is topped with an elegant crosshatch of caramel sauce and another swirl of mocha sauce. Five layers of caffeinated deliciousness in just one drink is surely enough to cheer anyone up — even if they have to wear a puffer coat in April.

To combat those unpredictable spring heat spells, the Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato layers Starbucks' signature espresso and chilled almondmilk over ice along with a dollop of sweet cinnamon dolce syrup. The beverage is topped with a cross-hatch of caramel sauce and finished off with a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce topping to create a spiced beverage that pairs well with sunglasses and SPF 50. Inspired by horchata, the popular creamy cinnamon drink originally from Spain and Latin America, Starbucks will transport you to more tropical climates with a single sip.

Other Macchiatos on the menu include the classic Italian-style espresso macchiato (a shot of espresso is "marked" with a dollop of steamed milk), the Latte Macchiato (steamed milk is topped with two shots of espresso, giving the drink a cool layered look), and, of course, the cult-worthy Caramel Macchiato. Mark your calendar, and be sure to take a break this Thursday through Sunday and enjoy the coffee deal while it's hot!