National Coffee Day is this Sunday, Sept. 29. If you’re dragging a big, you can get a free cup at a number of local coffee shops. Here are some of the deals and Burke-area locations:
Caribou Coffee, 8948 Burke Lake Rd., Springfield. You can download and print out the National Coffee Day coupon from Caribou Coffee’s Facebook page and bring it with you to get a free cup of coffee. Or, show it on your cell phone when you order.
Starbucks, 6910-G Bradlick Shopping Center, 6552-B Little River Turnpike in Alexandria, 6365 Columbia Pike in Falls Church and other locations. Participating locations will offer free coffee tastings of their new Ethiopia blend. Also, if you purchase a one-pound bag of the Ethiopia blend, you will receive a ceramic cup (while supplies last).
The newly remodeled Hess gas station Dunkin’ Donuts to Annandale at 7100 Little River Tpke serves Dunkin' products, but there are also stores in Alexandria 504D S. Van Dorn St. and Springfield, 6800 Commerce St.).
Download the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app, which is free, and look under “offers.” You can get a free hot or iced coffee with the mobile app.
The National Coffee Association says 83 percent of Americans have had a cup of coffee in the past year.
While there are some health concerns about over-consumption of caffeine, “for most people the health benefits [of consuming coffee] outweigh the risks,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
In moderation, coffee may help prevent Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. It also contains antioxidants. It some people, unfiltered coffee may elevate cholesterol in people with certain genetic mutations. Read more about the health benefits (and risks) from drinking coffee here.