For the second year, I spent hours scouring the internet to find out who started National Coffee Day and why, but I’ve come up short both years. I have a feeling it was a coffee company, sort of like how the card companies created Valentine’s Day, but I’m not complaining. I may not know the history of the day, but I do think it’s one of the most important days of the year, however I am slightly biased.
There’s many, many different ways to celebrate National Coffee Day. It can be as simple as drinking a cup of coffee with a friend or venturing out and trying out a local independent coffee shop.
Here’s a few other ways to celebrate the caffeinated holiday:
(Shameless plug alert) If you happen to be in the area of Abbotsford, BC in Canada, you can hear me chat with the CQKC morning news guy about coffee. If you’re not in that area you, can check out their live stream.
Coffee shops across the country are honoring the day with free coffee. The largest chain to offer free coffee is 7-Eleven. They’re giving away free medium sized coffees from 7am to 11am. You can try their coffee or one of their cappuccinos or lattes.
My friends over at Filterfresh, a national coffee products and services provider to businesses, are giving away $300 and coffee for a whole office. Participate in their coffee survey and you’ll be entered to win.
In case you’re one of those late night coffee drinks like myself, you can tune to CNBC and watch the documentary “The Coffee Addiction.” This documentary captures the extraordinary journey of coffee from bean to cup. It airs at 9pm EST. If you check out the CNBC Facebook page, you can also enter to win a free year of coffee.
And here’s a little heads up, later today we’re running a contest to give away a PUR water filter (because water is the largest ingredient in coffee) to one lucky Daily Shot Of Coffee reader.
Update: Contest is now live. Enter here!
Photo by P!XELTREE.