Hot deals, freebies on National Coffee Day: Where you'll find them

Set your alarm for Thursday but don't bother to program the coffee pot.

While many Americans may start every day with coffee, the nation celebrates the reviving brew every Sept. 29, National Coffee Day. International Coffee Day follows on Oct. 1.

Coffee shops, fast-food joints, convenience stores and other places known for coffee are perking up with freebies, discounts or deals to mark National Coffee Day.

Whether you call it plain old coffee, java, or cup of Joe, coffee is one of the most beloved and popular drinks consumed worldwide.

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. According to Dunkin, formerly known as Dunkin' Donuts, the chains sell 2 billion cups of hot and ice coffee globally each year.

While there are plenty of coffee shops in Detroit, the city isn't a national coffee hotspot, according to personal-finance website WalletHub's 2022 of the 100 Best Coffee Cities.

Detroit doesn't even land in the top 50. In fact, we are last again at No. 100 on the list, just one away from Toledo, Ohio. San Francisco comes in at No. 1, followed by Seattle and Orlando, according to WalletHub.

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U.S. consumption of coffee is on the rise. According to the National Coffee Association, two-thirds of Americans drink coffee daily. That's up nearly 14% since January 2021, according to the association's Spring 2022 National Coffee Data Trends report.

Other findings in the report include:

  • Drinking specialty coffees are up and hit a five-year high. Some 43% of coffee drinkers chose specialty coffee in the past day, up 20% since January 2021.

  • Cappuccinos and lattes are tied for America’s most popular coffee beverages. Plain espresso and cafe mocha were close behind.

  • Roughly 41% of coffee drinkers use a drip coffee maker, followed by single-cup systems (27%), cold brewing (9%) and espresso machines (8%).

While Detroit doesn't rank high in coffee drinking, don't fret. There are plenty of coffee deals and freebies around metro Detroit on National Coffee Day.

Though it appears that coffee chain giant Starbucks is not participating in National Coffee Day this year. No offers are listed on its website. Last year, Starbucks celebrated its 50th anniversary and allowed customers to bring a clean, empty, reusable cup (up to 20 ounces) into participating US locations on National Coffee Day to receive a free cup of its Pike Place roast brewed coffee.

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Here's a sampling of local offers. Many places require you to have their app or join a rewards program.

Biggby Coffee

The East Lansing-based coffee chain is offering a free 20-ounce hot brewed java with any purchase all day at participating locations, according to its website. The offer is valid only on Thursday. Biggby also has a new farm-direct coffee, El Recreo, that launched Sept. 1. For information:


At the nationwide chain, DD Perks members get a free medium hot or ice coffee with any purchase. The offer is limited to one free coffee. To become a member or download the app go to

Krispy Kreme

All guests receive a free hot or iced coffee. The offer is available only on Thursday in stores, the drive-thru or online for pickup. Krispy Kreme is sweetening the deal by adding a free doughnut of choice for Krispy Kreme rewards members. Go to to join.


Users of the McDonald's app get any size hot or iced coffee for 99 cents through Dec. 31. You can use the deal once per day. To get the app go to

Panera Bread

The national chain announced its first MyPanera week that starts Thursday and runs through Oct. 5. Panera is offering exclusive perks — from discounts on soups and gift cards to a free baguette with purchase to members of its loyalty program, according to a news release. New Unlimited Sip Club subscribers receive 2 months free on National Coffee Day. Existing Sip Club Members will receive $2 off select barista beverages and smoothies. It's valid for one time and is an app-only offer. For info:

Pilot Flying J centers

Free cup of any size hot or cold Pilot coffee with the Pilot Flying J Rewards Plus app. The offer is valid at its 650 participating travel centers. For info:

Tim Hortons

On National Coffee Day, medium hot or iced coffee is 25 cents all day. Starting on International Coffee Day and through October, hot or iced coffee is 99 cents. Both offers are available using the TimsRewards app or online at

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: National Coffee Day 2022: Discounts at Tim Hortons, Biggby, others