National Coffee Day is Sunday: Here's Where to Get a Free Cup

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Back in June, a number of doughnut shops offered free doughnuts in celebration of "National Doughnut Day." If you got your free pastry that day, but have been wishing you'd had something to dip it in, we have some good news: National Coffee Day has arrived.

The big day comes Sunday, Sept. 29, and as with National Doughnut Day, there will be freebies galore. Here are the coffee shops that will give you a complimentary cup of Joe this weekend.

Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN) is doing a whole range of promotions for the day. You can get a free small coffee -- hot or iced -- when you redeem the offer on the Dunkin' Donuts mobile app. It's also discounting the price on its K-Cups and one-pound bags of coffee. Oh, and it got NASDAQ to change its name to NASDDAQ for the day on Friday, when the company came in to ring the opening bell.

APlus at Sunoco (SUN) didn't rename any stock exchanges, but it's going bigger on the free coffee. You'll be able to get a free 16-ounce coffee from any of the gas station's retail locations, and the offer will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just get the deal through its Facebook page.

Peet's Coffee (PEET), by contrast, will only offer its free coffee during a small window on Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And you have to purchase a bakery item or a cup of oatmeal to get the freebie. But it's not all bad news: Instead of just getting a cup of regular old coffee, you're getting a maple latte. To get the deal, print out this coupon or show it on your smartphone.

Krispy Kreme (KKD) is getting in on the action, too. Go into any participating Krispy Kreme and you'll get a free 12-ounce coffee. And if you want something a little fancier, many locations are also offering mochas, lattes and iced coffee for just $1. You can also enter a contest that can win you a free large cup of coffee every week for a year, plus a travel mug.

Starbucks (SBUX) is giving out free coffee, though not much of it. It's using the day as an excuse to give out samples of its new "Ethiopia" coffee blend, but we imagine those will be tiny samples that aren't enough to give you a proper caffeine fix.

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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Mark Tanner

Dunkin Doughnuts, It's National Coffee Day, 24/7 for me. Dunkin Doughnuts, "Original Blend" coffees best! Screw Starbucks!

September 30 2013 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikelookup

Of course BigBucks, excuse me StarBucks is giving away the smallest size coffee of all the other companies. They are to busy spending money making sure we aren't packin' or walking in front of a store with a cigarette to give out much of a sample!

September 30 2013 at 5:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
9RRs

7-11 makes better coffee then DD and starbucks plus its a hole lot Cheaper.

September 29 2013 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
9RRs

I had gone to Dunks today in West Milford NJ and they mentioned Nothing about a Free Coffee by showing an App.

September 29 2013 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
betty_brock

Evan is lobbying for a national Koolaid day.

September 29 2013 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ilw3050

ill buy my own coffee. thank you

September 29 2013 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BajaBeachie

Sorry, but I would rather have a tiuy sample of decent coffee than an entire cup of crap from Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme or the gas station. In a pinch I would do Peets but prefer Starbucks.

September 29 2013 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arnold.punter

www.moustachecoffeeclub.com are giving free bags of great coffee (worth $20) to anyone who signs up today, only one bag per household though.

September 29 2013 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
twelvemidnight21

Irony When Ur Coffeemaker Decides To Break On National Coffee Day!!!

September 29 2013 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lensue88

No free coffee for me at Dunkin Donuts, my iPhone is newish and I don't know about apps and downloads, I was DENIED

September 29 2013 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply