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.
National Coffee Day deals include: McDonald's will offer a small specialty coffee for $2; Krispy Kreme will give away one free hot brewed or small iced premium blend per day from Friday through Sunday; Participating Dunkin' Donuts will offer a medium hot coffee free with the purchase of a medium or larger size cup; Wawa will offer a free cup of coffee of any size — no strings attached! Transportation service Lyft will also celebrate Coffee Day with it's own special deal. In participating cities only, you can get a free can of High Brew Cold Brew Coffee during your Lyft ride.
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!