10 Amazing Discounts For National Coffee Day 2017


By Cooking Panda

Coffee is a wonderful part of being alive. It wakes us up when we’re not ready for the world, and it keeps us going when we feel we don’t have any energy left. And it tastes great too!

Coffee is so good that it even makes chocolate taste better. Just add a couple spoonfuls of coffee to your brownie or cake batter and you’ll be in mocha heaven.

In honor of the delightful beverage, the food lords (or whoever it is that comes up with these things) have established Sept. 29 as National Coffee Day, and it has majorly caught on. You can score all kinds of discounts and freebies on coffee across the nation! Check out some of the best deals, as noted by Brand Eating and Delish:

7-Eleven: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, you can have one free coffee per day if you sign up for 7Rewards — which you really ought to do anyway if you frequently buy coffee from the convenience store chain.

Baskin-Robbins: Grab a small Cappuccino Blast for just $2.99.

Cinnabon: Pick up a free 12-ounce coffee. All you need to do is show up!

Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy a medium or large hot coffee and you’ll get a free medium one.

Krispy Kreme: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, get a free small iced coffee or any size hot one at participating locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Lyft: Use the rideshare company in Seattle, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Austin, Texas, or Philadelphia and score a free can of High Brew cold brew coffee.

McDonald’s: Get $2 small McCafe drinks, which include smoothies, frappes, or shakes — all indications suggest that this deal is ongoing, not just for National Coffee Day.

Peet’s Coffee: Buy a bag of coffee beans for 25 percent off, plus score a free drip coffee or tea along with it. If you’re buying the beans online, use the promo code coffeeday17 and you’ll get the same discount. 

Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers: Grab the coupon from Pilot Coffee’s website and use it to pick up a free small hot beverage like coffee, tea or cappuccino.

Tim Horton’s: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 8, download the coffee shop’s free app and get any size of their Original Blend, Dark Roast, Decaf or Iced Coffee for free.

Sources: Delish, Brand Eating / Featured Image: Pixabay

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It’s True! You Can Get Free Macchiatos From Starbucks!


By Cooking Panda

Starbucks is giving out free macchiatos from August 3-7, and life is good!

If you’re looking to cool off with a friend during the afternoon, you can’t do a whole lot better than this deal.

Here’s how it works: According to Starbucks’ official website, they are offering a BOGO deal for any macchiato of equal or lesser value, be it hot, iced, sweet or plain, at participating locations. Incidentally, you can also pick up either of their new Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato or the Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato drinks.

“The original inspiration for the [Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato] beverage is from horchata, a popular beverage in Spain and Latin America,” Yoke Wong from Starbucks Beverage Development team said. “It is traditionally made with almond or rice milk and spices like cinnamon, and it is served hot or cold.”

The coconut mocha version is a dairy-free spin on the classic sweet macchiatos like the caramel iced one. Then again, you can’t go wrong with the classic menu fixtures either — and you can get either kind with this promotion.

The “Meet for Macchiatos” event, which you might have spotted on Facebook, is only good between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., but hey, you still get a pretty sweet deal here.

What’s the occasion, you ask? The promo is a multi-day celebration of International Friendship Day on August 6, which was created to “contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good,” according to the U.N.

“Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples,” continues the U.N.’s entry on the holiday. “To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.”

Sources: Starbucks (2), U,N. / Featured Image: poolie/Flickr

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Here’s How To Get Free Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee


By Cooking Panda

Dunkin’ Donuts is showing an awful lot of holiday spirit this year, and we’re benefitting big time from it!

The newest Dunkin’ deal, according to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog, is free coffee. For one weekday between Dec. 12 and Dec. 23, Dunkin’ will be giving out one free medium hot coffee for the first 500 guests. So how do you score one? If you live in any of the 30 locations listed below, stop in during these dates and find out what day you can get your coffee. Make sure you show up early so you can be in the top 500 guests that day!

As if Dunkin’ hasn’t been festive enough this year, it’s decided to do another great deed. The coffee and donut chain will be making donations to local organizations in each of the locations offering the free coffee. The organization has to be within the same community and has to be aligned with the charity organization Joy in Childhood Foundation.

This foundation works to bring joy to sick and hungry children in the community. Formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, this organization has been around since 2006, and has donated more than $11 million to both national and local charities. The Joy in Childhood Foundation raises money to support partnerships with children’s hospitals, non-profits and other organizations that work to help sick and hungry kids. Dunkin’s donations at these specific locations this year will amount to $1,000 each, money that is unquestionably well spent.

Check the list of locations and find out if your own friendly neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts is participating, and be sure to support the business that does so much good!



Sources: Dunkin' Donuts (2) / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts/Instagram

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, free coffee, Holiday Offers
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This New App Rewards You For Safe Driving With Free Coffee Coupons


By Cooking Panda

While most people probably don’t want to admit their own susceptibility to a bribe, the truth is that the right leverage is an incredibly convincing tool.

Some people can be persuaded by money; others by luxury items; but when it comes to me, this new app offers everything I want and more, all for the price of driving more safely: free coffee.

Per Rocket News 24, Japanese telecom provider au and car manufacturer Toyota have partnered together to create a smartphone app called Driving Barista that encourages its users to drive more safely.

Essentially, users of the app are asked to activate Driving Barista before stepping on the gas at the beginning of their voyage. Next, they place the phone face down on a flat surface and begin to drive. The smart app then tracks how far you’ve traveled; if you manage to drive 62 miles without fiddling with your phone, you will receive a coupon for a free cup of coffee at popular Japanese chain Komeda Coffee. Users will also earn coupons for each additional 122 miles they drive after that first 62.

Of course, while this app obviously subscribes to a positive reinforcement ideology, it’s not above chastising its users for underperforming. After activating Driving Barista, if a user’s phone detects that it has been flipped back over during the journey, not only does it reset the distance travelled, it serves up a giant ‘FAILURE’ message with a picture of a spilled coffee cup.

For now, the app can be used only in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, which is where Toyota’s global headquarters is located. Per Rocket News 24, it is also the region that has had more traffic fatalities than any other prefecture in Japan for an astonishing 13 consecutive years, with 213 fatalities by auto accidents on Aichi’s roads in 2015.

“In line with contributing to the ultimate goal of achieving zero traffic fatalities and zero traffic accidents, Toyota has implemented automobile safety measures as one of its top priority management concerns,” Shuichi Murakami, managing officer at Toyota, told Oddity Central. “By carrying out a new traffic safety education initiative together with Komeda and KDDI, we hope to further reduce traffic accidents.”

Sources: Rocket News 24, Oddity Central / Photo credits: Driving Barista via Oddity Central, Rick's Professional Auto Detailing

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Here’s Where You Can Get Freebies On National Coffee Day


By Cooking Panda

Coffee fanatics rejoice! Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day, which basically means you have a hall pass to drink as much of the good stuff as you want.

The history of coffee traces back centuries to ancient Ethiopian coffee forests, but no one knows exactly who started drinking the magical beans first. Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi saw his goats get super amped and stay up all night after eating berries from a certain tree.

So, Kaldi went to the abbot of a local monastery and told his story. The abbot made a drink with the berries and found that it kept them wide awake through the night during evening prayer. Then it spread to the Arabian Peninsula and eventually became a worldwide phenomenon. And the rest is history.

Kaldi, we salute you with our mugs full of caffeinated bean juice! You are a hero.

And more importantly, here’s where you can get freebies on Sept. 29, according to USA Today:

Peet’s Coffee: Most Peet’s locations are giving away free medium drip coffee when you buy any fresh food item. The coffee franchise will also announce the top 10 finalists for an Ode to Coffee First, a video contest collaboration with Project Greenlight.

Pilot Flying J: Grab the coupon from their website and use it to get one free small cup of Pilot coffee, tea or cappuccino in the U.S. and Canada between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sept 29.

Dunkin Donuts: In honor of Dunkin’s 66th anniversary, the chain is giving out 66-cent medium cups of hot coffee. Get on that.

Krispy Kreme: At participating locations, you’ll be able to get a free small coffee and free Original Glazed doughnut.

Keurig.com: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, Keurig is having a ton of deals on coffee drinks. You can get 20 percent off Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods and 15% off other Green Mountain stuff with the code GREENSAVINGS at checkout. Go shop!

Starbucks: As far as we know, the Seattle-based chain is not giving out any freebies to customers, but they are doing something pretty neat: For each cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee sold on National Coffee Day, ‘Bux will donate free coffee trees to farmers in need.

Caribou Coffee: These guys are doing something similar and will donate a free cup of coffee to caregivers at healthcare facilities and hospitals when you buy a cup of Amy’s Blend Coffee.

Stay caffeinated, friends!

Sources: National Coffee Association, USA Today / Photo credit: Bangkok Espresso Bar/Instagram

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