National Coffee Day 2020: Where to score the best freebies and deals

For coffee enthusiasts everywhere, September 29th is quite the important day. If you're unaware, it's National Coffee Day! An entire day dedicated to celebrating the cup that gets you going every morning and keeps you going throughout the day. Not to mention, it's the perfect day to visit your favorite coffee shop — after brewing the perfect cup at home, that is. This is how fast-food chains, coffee shops, brands, and more are gearing up to celebrate the caffeine-filled day.

This year, even the extras that go into your black cup of coffee are offering promotions to make sure you have the best brew on September 29th. That includes Silk, which has a new oatmilk product called Oat Yeah with the tagline "The Extra Creamy One." The alternative milk brand is actually giving 100 fans free oatmilk for the rest of the year thanks to a social media contest they're running. Find details on the Silk Instagram page that day.

One of the most notable bars in New York City, The Dead Rabbit, is sharing coffee cocktail recipes that you can make to unwind at the end of the day. Think along the lines of an Irish Coffee made using Sumatra coffee, Demerara syrup, and Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, or a coffee-infused Old Fashioned that combines Sexton Irish Whiskey with coffee liqueur and Angostura bitters.

If you prefer to stick to your favorite, plain old cup of Joe, then check to see if your go-to shop is among the places offering deals and even freebies this National Coffee Day.

Stop by these chains for great National Coffee Day 2020 deals

You might have already heard that Dunkin' Donuts is really blowing it out with their coffee celebration this year. They've even announced they're taking over the holiday and renaming it "National Dunkin' Day." While Dunkin' is offering a free coffee with any purchase, there are other chains worth visiting too.

If you're looking for a place to pick up a donut with your coffee, you certainly have options. Apart from Dunkin' Donuts, you can visit Tim Hortons, which is having a month-long coffee promotion at their U.S. locations. According to a press release Mashed received, from September 28th to October 26th, Tim Hortons customers can purchase any size hot or iced coffee for just 99 cents when they use the app or order online. 

Krispy Kreme is taking the celebration one step further, giving away free coffee to all guests — no purchase needed. Rewards members will get both a free coffee and a free donut of their choice without a purchase. Needless to say, if you aren't a member, it might be time to sign up online or on the app (via WRAL).

Other chains to visit for sweet discounts and National Coffee Day freebies

Starbucks is another obvious choice to visit on National Coffee Day. Customers can play the Starland game from September 28th to October 28th for the chance to win more than 2.5 million prizes, including free coffee; but to celebrate the week itself, the chain will launch a Star-themed social media filter among other special social media surprises. To get to the good stuff, during National Coffee Day rewards members who order a grande beverage or larger in the Starbucks app using the order ahead and pay feature will get a free drink loaded to their account on their next visit (via WalletHub).

Cult-favorite regional chain Wawa is planning to give rewards members a "Free Any Size Coffee" that can be redeemed on National Coffee Day. Anyone who signs up for the company's rewards program by or on September 29th will receive the reward.

Corner Bakery Café is offering members of their loyalty program one free coffee every single day for the month of October. It's a little after the holiday, but certainly worth the wait. You just need to be sure to sign up by the end of October 4th to participate in the deal. Not to mention, new members will get a coupon for $5 off their next visit.

Participating locations of the regional chain MAPCO are giving away one free 16 ounce cup of their Feel Good coffee to guests.

Finally, Baskin-Robbins is offering Cappuccino Blasts for a promotional price through the end of September. A small is $3, a medium is $4, and a large is $5. You will have to visit a Baskin-Robbins location to take advantage of this discount price, as the promotion doesn't apply to delivery.

You don't want to miss these amazing retail discounts

If you're someone who has already collected the equipment needed to make the perfect cup of home-brewed coffee, then you might be more concerned with getting great coffee for a steal on National Coffee Day. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of amazing deals for coffee you can make at home — even if your idea of brewing the perfect cup is just cracking open a bottle or a can, you're covered.

The first deal to keep in mind is through grocery delivery service Instacart. According to a press release sent to Mashed, Kraft Heinz partnered with the company to offer a couple of promotions. First, for every $22 you spend on select Maxwell house and Gevalia Coffee products, you'll save $5 or recieve free delivery. You can get this deal anytime between September 28th and November 1st. The second deal is for $1.50 off select Eight O'Clock Coffee products through the end of the year thanks to Instacart's partnership with Tata Global Beverages.

Next up is High Brew Coffee, a Texas-based cold brew company which is sold at major retailers like Target, Whole Foods, Kroger, and Smith's, among others. On National Coffee Day at 2 p.m. in every time zone, the company will offer a limited amount of free product coupons for digital download on their website and their Instagram stories. The coupons can be used at the retailers named above and others who carry the company's products. Each coupon is good for one free 8 ounce can.

Even more brands offering National Coffee Day 2020 deals

From small coffee companies to large, there are many more coffee brands offering deals for the day as well. The first to look out for is one that is actually benefiting the GlobalGiving.org California Wildfire Relief Fund, Wild Barn Coffee. The company based out of Boulder, Colorado is donating 100 percent of their profits from Wild Barn Nitro Cold Brew Coffee sales on National Coffee Day to the relief fund. While there isn't a discount or freebie from this coffee company, it's certainly a worthy cause.

If you prefer to shop directly with Eight O'Clock instead of using Instacart, they're offering quite the deal according to a press release Mashed received. Customers who spend $150 or more on the Eight O'Clock website beginning on September 29th will also receive a free Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, worth $170, while supplies last.

Another good cause to buy for comes from PJ's Coffee, based out of New Orleans. For every bag sold at a PJ's Coffee store or online, the company will donate a bag of coffee to active U.S. Military Service Members, according to WalletHub.

WRAL states that Godiva is offering 30 percent off of all bags of coffee in stores and online, so customers can feel savvy about picking up a chocolatey treat to indulge in with their cup of joe while they buy a discounted bag. Another brand offering a deal is La Colombe. The coffee shop is giving away a free tube of Java roasted coffee with any online purchase on the 29th.

These brands are discounting more than just coffee in celebration of National Coffee Day

One of the biggest coffee brands out there, illy, is offering customers quite a few deals for National Coffee Day. They're actually celebrating the holiday the whole month of September with their promotion "The Art of Coffee at Home," according to a press release received by Mashed. Coffee enthusiasts can get 25 to 40 percent off of illy at-home coffee sets. Those discounts apply to coffee, machines, and accessories like illy's Y3.2 Coffee and Espresso Machine plus espresso and coffee pods for $159 instead of the original $220 price tag. If you're not looking to completely overhaul your at-home coffee counter, there are some other illy deals to look for among the online savings. Anyone can purchase five coffees for the price of four, and loyalty members  who sign up before September 29th can get $5 off any $20 purchase made through the illy lovers app. Customers can also get 36 cans of illy Ready to Drink Coffee for just $60 instead of the normal $99 price.

WalletHub reports that Peet's coffee is offering 25 percent off coffee beans from September 26th to the 29th with the code "COFFEEDAY20." On the day itself, the brand will also be selling exclusive merchandise including limited quantity "Mug Jumper" mugs and T-shirts. Those who order through the Peet's app on September 29th also qualify for free delivery.

There are seemingly endless ways to celebrate National Coffee Day, all you have to do is decide which coffee beans you like best!