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Where to order free coffee on National Coffee Day

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National Coffee Day is Sept. 29. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

National Coffee Day lands on Wednesday, Sept. 29, just in time for a much-needed mid-week pickup. And man, we need it. According to a 2020 study by the National Coffee Association, more than 60 percent of Americans drink coffee every day. That’s a lot of caffeine.

Last week, WalletHub named Boston the 10th best coffee city in America, taking into consideration data like price of a cappuccino, number of coffee shops per capita, and coffee shops with free WiFi. Our readers seem to think we have a great coffee scene, too: More than 260 readers responded to our survey asking for their favorite local coffee shops, with places like Thinking Cup, Recreo, and Pavement taking the top spots.


On Sept. 29, a handful of coffee shops around Boston will offer free or discounted cups of hot and iced coffee. Check back as we continue to update this list, and enjoy your next cup of coffee!

Alltown Fresh: With locations across Massachusetts, Alltown Fresh is keeping customers fueled on Wednesday with a free coffee (any size, hot or iced) and pastry with any purchase.

Au Bon Pain: This Boston-founded bakery and coffee shop chain will celebrate National Coffee Day with a pay-it-forward program over three days, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. Hot and iced coffee will be available for $1, and guests are encouraged to purchase a second one for another customer.

Barnes & Noble: This year, Barnes & Noble Café (including Boston’s Prudential location) will offer customers a free hot or iced coffee with the purchase of any item from the bakery case.

Cumberland Farms: All SmartPay Rewards members of Cumbies will receive a digital coupon for a free hot or iced coffee (any size!). It can only be used on the 29th, so keep an eye out in your inbox.

Dunkin’: Are you a DD Perks member? On Wednesday, members can stop by Boston’s ubiquitous coffee shop for a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase.


Panera Bread: Founded in Boston, Panera Bread has long supplied the city’s residents with their much-needed morning (and afternoon) coffee. On National Coffee Day, the chain will offer parents and caregivers free coffee all day — just let the cashier or drive-thru attendent know that you’re a parent or
caregiver, and you’ll be on your way with a free cup.

Peet’s: Pop into any local Peet’s coffee shop and you’ll be able to buy beans, K-Cup pods, and espresso capsules for 25 percent off.

Starbucks: Bring any clean, empty, reusable cup to Starbucks on Wednesday and you’ll receive a free serving (up to 20 ounces) of Pike Place Roast. The deal doubles as a 50th anniversary celebration for the behemoth coffee company.

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