September 29 is the date for the US
National Coffee Day is upon us - if you live the US, that is!
The National Coffee Day actually varies, around the world - anywhere from early April in China, all the way to October 1 in Japan; but September 29 is the most common date.
For a full list of these dates, checkout this Wikipedia article.
You can find a free cup of coffee in many places around the US. This includes Dunkin' Donuts, Cinnabon, Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, and Pilot Flying J (located often along freeways).
Our bank serves free coffee every day to customers, and Home Depot services free coffee every day to contractors (but they do not actually check).
We feel that the best way to celebrate this day, is to go out and find a local coffee roaster; get some fresh roasted beans, and brew a pot at home - that will be the best cup of coffee you will have all week. Another way to celebrate this day is try a new kind of coffee. Go to your local coffeeshop and try something new! We recently started drinking a double espresso with just a splash of creme; its very good, has some natural sugar - and no added sugar. People who have never had Espresso might be surprised by how good this is, especially if its made from fresh roasted beans, and if you drink with an open mind.
These National Coffee Days were partly intended to promote Fair Trade practices, to raise awareness of the economic plight of coffee farmers around the world. So you can help - go out and buy some beans that are Fair Trade. There is a similar movement called Direct Trade that aims to get an even higher wage for coffee farmers.
Coffee production is being affected by global warming. This is a serious issue, it will be one more way that farmers are impacted, and it will also raise prices. We all need to be aware of Climate Change, and to do what we can do slow it down. Shade Grown Coffees are a great choice as it helps farmers - and helps forests. You can contact your political leaders to ask for more to be done about Climate Change.