Today is National Coffee Day! Are you one of the millions who will celebrate? Send a free Coffee Day eCard, and then find out where you can go to get a free cup of joe. There are number of local and national businesses offering free or discounted cups of coffee to celebrate Coffee Day. Some businesses will even celebrate National Coffee Day by donating proceeds to nonprofit and charity groups.
National Coffee Day deals include: McDonald's will donate coffee proceeds to nonprofit charity Covenant House; Krispy Kreme will give away a free original glazed donut and a small coffee; Participating Dunkin' Donuts will offer a medium hot coffee for 66 cents; Peet's Coffee will offer a free cup of coffee with any food purchase.
So, where did coffee come from and how did it become so popular? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He realized the coffee berries had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate.
Today, over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil. Don't forget to take a coffee break (or two) to celebrate this historical and important beverage!
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