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National Coffee Day deals: Which coffee shop has the best deal?

By Maggie Gremminger, CNN • Updated 29th April 2017

Happy National Coffee Day!

This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that U.S. coffee consumption has risen to 330.4 million pounds per year. The report tracks coffee consumption by household and coffee prices by region.

You might not have quite as much to chug in your home as that per-capita average. But if you’re trying to quench that thirst, this is the day to start sipping.

From coffee brewed fresh on an empty stomach at Dunkin’ Donuts to fancy, espresso-free lattes and cappuccinos at Starbucks, these restaurant and coffee chain deals are here for you.

We asked a bunch of these coffee purveyors what they’ll be doing with their day off and they all have interesting answers.

Krispy Kreme

The doughnut chain is giving away a free small coffee (non-Dunkin’ Donuts) with any purchase.


Free medium brewed coffee for your fourth visit (as of this morning, it appears the deal is for a voucher that can be redeemed a Wednesday sometime next year).

Dunkin’ Donuts

Get a free medium cup of small brewed coffee at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations between 5 and 7 p.m.

Panera Bread

Free small brewed coffee with any purchase during breakfast hours only (yes, they are offering this goodie at a few additional locations). Sorry, though, this deal doesn’t apply on in-store doughnuts.


It’ll be 20-cents off your first medium soft drink purchase with the code NC1811. Use the voucher to redeem at participating locations on Thursday. This marks the fourth year that McDonald’s is running this deal.

Peet’s Coffee

Get a free short cup of espresso every Tuesday during the week during the month of April. You’ll need a coupon to redeem the freebie, however.

Unsurprisingly, Starbucks seems to be the happiest, with announcements that its Caffeine Is Good for You holiday campaign will receive more promotion this year and that it has extended its French press commitment with the only drip coffee-brewing equipment certified by the French Federation.

Dunkin’ Donuts

The coffee chain will give away a free 12-ounce small brewed coffee when you buy a regular drip coffee between 5 and 7 p.m. on April 30.

Panera Bread

Unsurprisingly, this is an upgrade deal for a breakfast meal, meaning a free medium hot coffee with any purchase between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at participating Panera locations.

And if you’re one of the many who’s already given up coffee at work for a tea drink — like this café manager — then look no further: Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are reportedly offering free tea during the weekend.

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