National Coffee Day: Where to score free coffee and other deals

When you get ready to start your morning on Friday, skip making your own coffee or turning on the coffee pot.

Every Sept. 29 is a special day for coffee and coffee drinkers — it’s deemed National Coffee Day. The brew is also celebrated globally on Oct. 1 for International Coffee Day.

Biggby Coffee has a free offer for National Coffee Day.
Biggby Coffee has a free offer for National Coffee Day.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans start their day with coffee, according to the National Coffee Association’s 2023 fall trends highlights. Americans drink an estimated 440 million cups daily, which equates to each coffee drinker consuming nearly three cups per day. In a given week, while most Americans (61%) drink traditional coffee, more than half (53%) have specialty coffee.

The industry association also pegs the Midwest, that’s us, as the top coffee-drinking region in the U.S.

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Other key findings by the National Coffee Association:

  • Iced coffee consumption is up 64% since January 2023.

  • Vanilla is No. 1 for flavored coffee. Caramel/toffee/butterscotch and hazelnut tie for No. 2 and mocha is alone at No. 3.

  • The majority (81%) of Americans brew coffee for breakfast.

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When it comes to coffee, Detroit isn’t a hot spot for the brew, according to personal finance website WalletHub's 2023 list of the 100 Best Coffee Cities. In fact, Detroit ranks close to last at No. 97 on the list. Coming in at No. 100 is Toledo, Ohio.

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

Here’s a sampling of coffee offerings around metro Detroit. Many of the offers require a purchase, downloading an app or joining a loyalty or reward program.

Biggby Coffee

The East Lansing-based coffee chain is offering a free, 20-ounce, hot coffee all day at participating locations. The offer is valid only on Friday and is one per customer.

Circle K

Any size coffee is free through Oct. 2 at participating Circle K stores. There’s no purchase necessary, but you need to download the offer through the Circle K app. Limit one per person.


At the nationwide chain, Dunkin’ Rewards members can get a free coffee with a purchase.  Dunkin’ is also celebrating National Coffee Day with an all-new collection of bracelets from Little Words Project, which is committed to spreading kindness. The Little Words Project x Dunkin’ limited offer drops on National Coffee Day with four bracelets with coffee-related phrases including “Iced Coffee” and “Cafecito Time” to “Eat the Donut” and “Get Sip Done.” Bracelets, which will be limited, are $30 each and will be available starting at 8 a.m. Friday at for $30 each.

Krispy Kreme

All guests receive a free hot or iced coffee on Friday with no purchase necessary. The free coffee includes Krispy Kreme’s new beverage line. In addition to the free coffee, Krispy Kreme will also offer a $2 Original Glazed dozen doughnuts with the purchase of any dozen. The offers are available at participating locations for pickup or delivery on or its mobile app.

Paris Baguette

Paris Baguette is offering a free coffee with purchase on National Coffee Day.
Paris Baguette is offering a free coffee with purchase on National Coffee Day.

All weekend long, Friday-Sunday, Paris Baguette Rewards members receive one free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. The website shows that a Paris Baguette is located in downtown Birmingham at 183 N. Old Woodward Ave.

Pilot Flying J

Free, any size hot, iced or cold-brewed coffee will be available all day on National Coffee Day at this chain. Redeem the free coffee through Pilot Flying J Rewards Plus.

Tim Hortons

On National Coffee Day, medium hot or iced coffee is free with a $3 purchase. The offer is valid for Tims Rewards members.

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