National Coffee Day Perks Up Tampa Bay

freecoffeeDo you need your morning coffee to get moving? How much faster would you move if you knew you could get it free? That’s exactly what is happening today (Tuesday, September 29) which is National Coffee Day. A number of chains will participate in day of celebrating a drink that rouses 130 million people every year.

Local participating retailers include:

Kahwa Coffee: Locally brewed and available at eight locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Kahwa has teamed up with United Way to offer a free small cup. All you have to do is tell your server, “I live United” and you shall receive.

Wawa: It’s a sub shop” It’s a gas station” On Tuesday, it’s also a place for a free jolt of java. And not just a small cup – in any size you choose!

Dunkin’ DonutsGet a free hot or iced dark roast at participating locations all day.

IKEA: Sign up for a Family Card and get free coffee or tea every time you visit the Ybor City location.

Krispy Kreme: Here you not only get a free small cup, you also get an original glazed doughnut as a coffee delivery system. Breakfast, done!

Pilot Flying J Travel Centers:  Free printable coupons for a free, 16-ounce cup are available on their Facebook page.

Staples: Post a photo with your favorite coffee mug and use the hashtag #OfficeMugShot. You could win a free coffee pack.

JetBlue: If you’re a preferred Mint customer and you have Tuesday travel plans, enjoy a free espresso in from Brooklyn Roasting Company in flight.

A few other non-traditional coffee outlets will also be participating. These include ClearWhite Dental in Clearwater. It’s offering a few other freebies, including toothpaste and dental floss. Stop by 9 to 5 at 1831 N. Belcher Rd. Suite F-3, Clearwater, or call (727)791-8823.

The Palma Ceia Health Mart Pharmacy will also hand out 12-ounce Americanos (that’s watered down espresso) between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. It’s located at 2506 South MacDill Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 324-5663 for more information.

The chain that most of us associate with coffee, Seattle-based Starbucks, is not participating because there’s only one reason you’d set foot in it, right? But even after this unofficial-but-should-be-official holiday is over, you can still save money with coupon codes for Starbucks and other chains without a presence in the Bay area, like Peet’s and Tim Horton’s. Order online, or subscribe to their email lists and social media pages for rewards and first-to-know deals.

Just looking for a local coffee spot to enjoy? Check out Tampa’s Top 5 Gourmet Coffee Shops! They may not be giving away free coffee, but you’ll love the quality and local feel.

Coffee Talk

Did you know that coffee was supposedly discovered by goats?  An Ethiopian herder in the 9th Century noticed his animals were acting a little more energetic than usual after eating some red berries. He tried some and a worldwide habit was born.

Today, Brazil produces about 40 percent of the world coffee supply, followed by Vietnam and Colombia. It is the second most-traded commodity in the United States and the world.

There are more than 100 species of coffee but the two most popular types are Arabica and Robusta. The most expensive types are – put down your fork for this one – eaten and then excreted by civet cats in Vietnam. It’s called Kopi Luwak. True story.

Coffee is processed from cherries, not berries, which grow only near the Equator, and in about 50 countries. Hawaii is the only coffee-producing state.coffee-648219_1280

A coffee-powered car was developed in the UK in 2011, sparking discussion about its viability as an alternative to gasoline.

While it would take about 100 cups to cause caffeine poisoning, a few mugs a day can actually help ward off Alzheimer’s disease, and possibly Type 2 diabetes and some forms of skin cancer. You knew it was a miracle cure, didn’t you?

A recent survey found that 60 percent of us consider that cup of joe an essential part of the day. Whether you like it piping hot or icy cold, a mild brew or double-shot espresso, you’ll be glad to know suppliers feel you. So raise your mug to National Coffee Day!

About Marie

Marie Hickman 5-2015Marie Hickman is a former Bay area journalist turned writer and blogger. She is a featured contributor to the valpak.com savings and business blogs, Midlife Boulevard, Divorced Moms and SheKnows. Her work also appears in Blunt Moms, The Penny Hoarder, Money Saving Mom and other websites. Marie and her son live in Palm Harbor. Follow her on Twitter at @MrsHickman777.

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