Among the infinite ranks of national culinary holidays and their subsequent celebrations, one rises above the rest as their undisputed king. I'm referring to your quest of figuring out where to find free coffee on National Coffee Day, of course, when free caffeine flows freely from behind the counters of coffee shops across the United States. Now, I'm not saying I would turn down any of the other free foods doled out on their respective national holidays. Donuts and chocolate chip cookies are delicious in the first place, and they only taste better when they cost nothing. But are they that sweet, jittery elixir we call coffee? No, they are not. I rest my case.
If you're one of the 83 percent of Americans who drinks coffee, you probably agree — and you'll be ecstatic to hear that National Coffee Day is just around the corner. In 2017, the holiday falls on Friday, Sep. 29, which means you only have a few more days to figure out where to get free coffee. The good news is that you don't have to pick just one cafe. You can plot out an entire route for the day if you want, stopping by a different coffee shop before work, during your lunch break, and on your way back home. Just prepare to need a gallon of chamomile tea to sleep that night.
Unfortunately, not all coffee shops are handing out free, no-strings-attached coffee. Some coffee chains are offering buy one, get one free deals, while others are sticking to discounts. You'll still be spending less than usual, though, so it's worth a shot (of espresso). Here are 11 places where you can get free or discounted coffee on National Coffee Day.