National Coffee Day Starbucks, Dunkin’, Panera, Krispy Kreme Wednesday

Six out of 10 Americans drink coffee each day, but today’s cup is a celebration.

That’s because Wednesday is National Coffee Day, a fake-brewed holiday for which coffee shops, restaurants, convenience stores and coffee brands are dishing up deals and giving away free coffee.

The holiday is held annually on Sept. 29 and two days later there’s a lesser-known coffee festival with International Coffee Day, which is Oct. 1. Friday also is Pumpkin Spice Day.

According to the National Coffee Association’s 2021 National Coffee Data Trends Report, COVID-19 has driven more consumers to drink coffee at home with 85% of coffee drinkers having at least one cup at home, which is up 8% since January 2020.

Starbucks National Coffee Day deals

• At Dunkin’, DD Perks members can get a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase Wednesday. Excludes Nitro Cold Brew and Cold Brew. Dunkin’ has locations throughout the suburbs.

• Panera is honoring parents and caregivers on National Coffee Day with free coffee all day on Wednesday. All you have to do is tell the cashier that you’re a parent or caregiver to get a free cup of joe. For details and locations, see

• Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea will be giving customers a free 12-ounce cup of specialty coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich on Wednesday. This gives coffee drinkers the chance to try new limited-time-only seasonal flavors such as the autumn spice latte or the maple cinnamon matcha latte. If you’re famished, consider the new sweet potato toast, featuring toast topped with sweet potato mash, spiced goat cheese and candied grapes. Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea is at Mellody Farm Shopping Center, 899 N. Milwaukee Ave., Unit 300, Vernon Hills, (224) 424-4648; Bell Works Chicagoland, 2000 AT&T Center Drive, Hoffman Estates; 702 Lake St., Oak Park, (708) 434-5510; and Chicago locations in Bucktown, Fulton Market and Millennium Park.

If you love fake holidays, you’re in luck! Today is National Coffee Day in America—a marketing holiday aimed at bolstering an industry. But we digress. The important thing about National Coffee Day is that many chains are giving away free coffee—sometimes without any catches (but sometimes you need to buy another item to get the free cup of joe).

Here are the major chains that have confirmed that have a free coffee offering today (via CNN):

Dunkin’: The donut chain is giving away a free coffee to select people who purchase anything else (such as a donut). And by “select people” we mean you need to be a member of Dunkin’s DD Perks loyalty program to get this deal.
Krispy Kreme: Anyone can walk in and get a free coffee at U.S. Krispy Kreme locations today—no catch at all. However, if you are a member of Krispy Kreme’s rewards program you also get a free donut with your free coffee.
Starbucks: If you bring in your own coffee mug (maximum 20 fluid ounces) Starbucks will fill it up with a free Pike Place brewed coffee.
Wawa: Go to a Wawa, get a free cup of coffee. No catch at all.
7-Eleven: The convenience store chain is giving away a free cup of coffee with any baked good purchase. However, you must be a member of 7-Eleven’s 7Rewards loyalty program to qualify.
While the above are the major brands offering National Coffee Day deals, be sure to keep your local coffee house in mind. Many independent coffee houses will be offering National Coffee Day deals as well.

Starbucks is marking its 50th anniversary on National Coffee Day with free coffee. Customers who bring in a clean, empty, reusable cup, up to 20 ounces, to participating locations will receive a free cup of Pike Place Roast brewed coffee.

Dunkin’ has a DD Perks deal, allowing members to get a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. Two of Dunkin’s Limited Batch Series coffees — 100% Guatemalan Hot Coffee and Dunkin’ Midnight Hot Coffee — are included in the promo. And if you aren’t Dunkin’ member already, you can still get the perk today through signing up on the Dunkin’ app or online at

7-Eleven has a similar deal, offering a free, any-size cup for 7Rewards loyalty members with the when you buy a fresh baked good at a participating store. It’s free to sign up, and your coffee reward can be a regular or pumpkin special from the fall lineup.

National Coffee Day 2021 in South Florida: Save a latte money

Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar is celebrating National Coffee Day with $1 coffee on Sept. 29 at all seven of their locations. Guests can pick up a brewed, 16-ounce coffee, iced or hot, for $1. To participate in the promotion, guests need to download the Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar app and use promo code “COFFEEDAY” for pick up orders only. Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar offers a variety of coffees, such as espresso macchiatos, chai lattes, nitro cold brew, iced cappuccinos, and more. For locations and more, click here.