What’s better than coffee? Free coffee! I’m sipping some as I write.

I'm enjoying Dunkin’ Donuts new dark roast blend, made with Rainforest Alliance Certified beans. I'm a huge fan of what the Rainforest Alliance does for coffee farmers and the environment, having witnessed first-hand the important work they do with coffee farmers in Guatemala.

How did I get the coffee for free? Today, Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day, and there are coffee promotions going on in stores and online everywhere I look.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts – The coffee chain is giving away a free 12-ounce cup of the dark roast. And, if you like the new brew, you can take a one-pound bag of it to make at home for $6.99 today.
  • Wawa – There’s a small hoop you have to jump through to get the free 16-ounce coffee at Wawa today: you must sign up online and print out an emailed coupon.
  • Krispy Kreme – Get a free 12-ounce cup of house, decaf or dark roast coffee. You can also buy a 12-ounce mocha, latte or iced coffee for $1 at participating locations.
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea – Peet’s is offering a buy-one get-one deal. If you buy one coffee or espresso beverage, you can get a second for free.
  • Eight O’Clock Coffee – Can’t get to any of the places giving away free cups of coffee today? That’s okay. You can win two bags of coffee by playing Eight O’Clock’s Coffee with Friends Scratch & Win game on Facebook. Once every hour, players can win one of 100 free coffee prize packs that includes coffee, a T-shirt and a tote bag. One grand-prize winner gets a trip for two to Warner Bros. Studios in California. Eight O’Clock also has some Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees.
There are several other regional coffee stores offering free coffees or discounts. I found a good list on The Thrifty Couple blog, which you might want to check out.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.