If the first words out of your mouth every morning are, “I’ll have a large coffee”—or if you can’t even speak until after you’ve had your java fix—there's a national holiday created especially for you.
America will put staunch tea drinkers to shame on National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, when coffee fiends can rejoice and celebrate their beloved coffee bean with free brew from national chains.
Coffee was first brought to America in the mid-1600s in a shipment en route to “New Amsterdam,” now known as New York, according to the National Coffee Association. We have that shipment and the Boston Tea Party to thank for turning the nation into coffee drinkers.
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Many coffee chains will also be giving out free cups of coffee during the national celebration.
McDonald's restaurants along the East Coast will be giving away free 12-ounce coffees on Sept. 29. No purchase is necessary, and coffee will be available in the drive-thru or in the restaurants.
In Mansfield, McDonald's is located at 118 Storrs Rd.
Starbucks is offering some specials. From now until Nov. 12, if you buy a coffee traveler, you will get a $5 gift card. And until Sept. 30, if you buy one pack of k-cups you'll get one free.
In Storrs, Starbucks Coffee is located at 1244 Storrs Rd.
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