Realizing that it was #NationalCoffeeDay en route to work this morning was a little like, I don't know, remembering that it was my best f...
Where to score free coffee now
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Realizing that it was #NationalCoffeeDay en route to work this morning was a little like, I don’t know, remembering that it was my best friend’s birthday at 10 p.m. ON THE DAY OF. But if you, like me, enjoy a great cup of coffee any time of day, here are five spots to score free and reduced price Joe today.

1. Dunkin Donuts

Known for their sweet, strong coffees—we’re talking that jet fuel coffee which sets the pulse racing, which sends caffeine fiends into the throes of ecstasy—this stalwart East Coast chain is offering customers a free hot or iced medium dark roast in honor of the holiday. And, since the company’s recently expanded westward, to great fanfare, in Arizona, California, and Colorado, you might be able to find a location near you.

2. Krispy Kreme

Not to be outdone by their competitor, today the beloved North Carolina-based donut chain will be giving customers a free small coffee and a free original glazed donut. Bonus: some locations have a red neon “Hot Now” sign, so you can time your coffee run in order to enjoy a warm, gooey, hot-off-the-presses donut along with your drink.

3. Peet’s Coffee

Coffee purists will want to head to an outpost of Bay Area-born Peet’s, as the cultish chain—which, in the 1960s, brought small-batch roasts to the masses—is giving away a free small cup of their Major Dickason blend with the purchase of an oatmeal, baked good, or fresh food item. To truly pay homage, head to Peet’s original location, in Berkeley at Walnut & Vine.

4. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

This highbrow chain, another California native, prides themselves on their impeccably sourced coffee beans, which come from farms across Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific. Today, in honor of National Coffee Day, they’re selling all sizes of iced coffee, flavored iced coffee, and iced Americanos at 50% off.

#5 Pilot and Flying J

Are you driving on the interstate, miles from the nearest stop sign? Fear not! You might not be in an urban area packed with coffee shops, but free coffee can still be yours. Today, Pilot and Flying J travel centers nationwide are offering customers a free 16 oz. cup of coffee or cappuccino with this coupon.

Enjoy your mid-afternoon coffee hit!

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