Roasting Now: National Coffee Day Deals

National Coffee Day is September 29! This year, numerous companies are celebrating the caffeinated holiday with free coffee offers.

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Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced their second annual Free Coffee Event. Customers across the nation can get a free small McCafe coffee during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s locations. The event began on September 16, but it won’t end until tomorrow, 9/29. Learn more>

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Instead of National Coffee Day, Krispy Kreme is calling the event National Coffee Break Day. Regardless, they’re still giving out free coffee. Visit any Krispy Kreme location tomorrow and get a free 12oz cup of coffee. There is no minimum purchase, coupon code, or coupon necessary. Learn more>

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Through 9/29, you can get any size cup of Regular or Dark Roast coffee for just $1 at Tim Hortons, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. This offer began on 9/22 and is only valid at US locations. In addition, Tim Hortons will reveal clues on their social media channels leading to the whereabouts of special golden envelopes hidden at stores in the Columbus, OH, Buffalo & Rochester, NY, and Detroit & Grand Rapids, MI markets. These golden envelopes may contain cash or Tim Hortons gift cards, with prizes totaling over $9,000. Learn more>

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At participating locations, get a free medium hot Dark Roast Coffee tomorrow. Dunkin’ is also giving out free coffee at their European locations as part of their Global Coffee Day event. Learn more>

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The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company will give customers a free cup of hot or iced coffee with the purchase of a menu item. The offer is only good tomorrow, 9/29. Learn more>

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LaMar’s will be giving away free 12oz coffee all day tomorrow. Just be sure to check with your local store to make sure they’re participating. Learn more>

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Kangaroo Express is giving out 12oz Bean Street Coffee for just 1-cent from 6-10 AM, tomorrow only. There is only one free cup of coffee per guest. You can get your free coffee at any of Kangaroo Express’ 1,500 locations. Plus, the 2014 ROO Mug hits stores tomorrow. The mug costs $1.99 and, for a whole year, each refill will only be $.99. And, if you buy your mug before October 31, Kangaroo Express will give you a free Oscar Meyer Maple Sausage Pancake Roller. Learn more>

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Click here and fill out the form to get a coupon for a free 16oz Wawa Coffee to use at any Wawa store on 9/29. Learn more>

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On 9/29, participating Peet’s Coffee & Tea shops will be offering a Buy One, Get One deal on all drinks. This includes coffee, tea, & hot cocoa. Also, if you share how you take your afternoon coffee break, you could win a year of free Peet’s coffee! Learn more>

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Print the page that comes up when you click here to get a free 16oz cup of coffee at any Pilot or Flying J location. Learn more>

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It’s a Grind will be giving away free coffee all day long tomorrow, 9/29. There is no code, coupon, or keyword necessary. Learn more>

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Download the Super America app and show the National Coffee Day offer to get a free 16oz coffee. Learn more>

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National Coffee day specials will vary by location, says a Dutch Bros. Coffee press release. Visit your local Dutch Bros. Facebook page or stop by a stand and ask a barista what kind of specials they’ll be having. Learn more>

Other National Coffee Day Deals:

  • Williams Fresh Cafe- Post a photo of you enjoying a Williams Fresh Cafe hot beverage, and you could win one of five $20 gift cards. Learn more>
  • Tin Cup Coffee- At Tin Cup Coffee, all coffee drinks are $1 off on Monday. Learn more>
  • Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen- Buy one coffee or espresso, get one free at Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. Learn more> 
  • Havana Cuban Food- On Monday, buy any coffee drink & get one for free. Learn more>
  • Unique Photo- Visit the Red House Roasters coffee bar inside the Unique Photo video store on 9/29 and get a free cup of coffee. Learn more>
  • Doughnut Plant- When you buy a coffee, Doughnut Plant will give you a free Coffee Cake Doughnut. Learn more>
  • Rebecca’s Bistro- All regular coffee is just $.50 on 9/29 at Rebecca’s Bistro. Learn more>
  • The Coffee Bean- Get a free cup of coffee at the Coffee Bean, 9/29 only. Learn more>
  • Coupa Cafe- Visit any Coupa Cafe from 4-6pm on 9/29, and you’ll get a free small cup of drip coffee. Learn more>
  • Bloom Coffee & Tea- If you buy any drink menu item, Bloom Coffee & Tea (New Jersey) will give you a free 12oz cup of drip coffee. Learn more>
  • Zu Coffee- Buy a cup of coffee, get one free at Zu Coffee, 9/29 only. Learn more>

(Sources: Wikipedia, Living on the Cheap, EatDrinkDeals, Hip2Save, McDonald’s)

A Self-Serve Revolution (Part 2)

It was one year ago today that we first reported on the growth of frozen yogurt chains. In the past year, the industry has grown so much that we thought it warranted another look. Here’s just a taste of some of the froyo chains that operate in the US.

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TCBY, “The Country’s Best Yogurt”, began the froyo craze in 1981 in a freestanding location in Little Rock, Arkansas. Now owned by Mrs. Fields, TCBY has about 470 stores worldwide. TCBY is also the first chain to start offering Greek frozen yogurt products.

One of the oldest froyo chains, founded in 1977, is I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt. In the eighties, they sued TCBY, whose original name was “This Can’t Be Yogurt”, forcing the company to change its name to TCBY. TCBY is still going strong today, as opposed to I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt, which was acquired by Yogen Fruz in 1996.

Some TCBY locations in the United States still operate as full-serve locations, but most have converted to self-serve, thanks to Samuel Batt.

Today, TCBY operates a froyo truck in the Charlotte, NC area & also offers frozen desserts at national grocery stores.

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SweetFROG, a Christian company based in Richmond, VA, operates over 300 stores in the US. A South Korean immigrant founded SweetFROG, which stands for “Fully Rely on God”, in 2009. 2012 saw exponential growth for the chain, with over 100 stores opening over the course of the year.

Scoop & Cookie, the SweetFROG mascots, help promote the chain & can be seen in their logo above.

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Orange Leaf, founded in 2008 in California under the name Orange Tree, moved their headquarters to Oklahoma in 2010 & renamed the company Orange Leaf. The company now has over 300 locations, with 100 stores coming “spoon”, according to their website. They have international locations on two continents: Australia & Asia. In 2015, the company will have an Initial Public Offering, or IPO.

Orange Leaf offers sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, & non-dairy froyo products in addition to traditional premium frozen yogurt. The Oklahoman magazine describes Orange Leaf stores as “living rooms that happen to have yogurt dispensers.”

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Yogurtland was founded in 2006 in California, a hotspot for froyo. Since the first self-serve store opened, Yogurtland has expanded across four continents & now has more than 300 stores. Yogurtland is also known for their trademark spoons, which are highly collectible.

Yogurtland’s tagline & mission both state “Get Real.” Their yogurt is made from Real California Milk & fine ingredients “that taste like the real thing.” One of their most popular flavors is Pistachio. The company recently announced the launch of their Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt.

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Like other froyo chains, Menchie’s began in California in 2007. The chain has had rapid growth since then, expanding by nearly 750%. They now have over 400 stores worldwide.

The Menchie’s CEO appeared in an episode of the CBS reality show, Undercover Boss.

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Red Mango, a popular froyo chain based in South Korea, is having a hard time bringing their iconic tart froyo flavors to the US. Their chief competitor, Pinkberry, already has a grip on the Los Angeles market, a key area for Red Mango. In addition, Pinkberry has help from Starbucks investor Howard Schultz.

The yogurt served at Red Mango is a lot different than the froyo served up by their competitors. The yogurt is healthier because it contains less sugar & calories & meets National Yogurt Association criteria by including live active cultures. Red Mango encourages customers to linger in their warm & comfortable store setting, much like Starbucks.

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Pinkberry built upon the Red Mango concept in Korea and brought it to the US in 2004, where TCBY was already serving up frozen yogurt at their full-serve locations. So when Red Mango expanded to the US, they had a hard time gaining customers, who opted for Pinkberry, the company whose inspiration was Red Mango.

Pinkberry yogurt imitates Red Mango, but the formula is being sought after by numerous competitors, which Red Mango hopes will provide a distraction while they open stores wherever possible.

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Golden Spoon is, of course, headquartered in the froyo mecca of California. The chain serves mainly the western US, but also has stores in Japan & the Philippines. It remains one of the only yogurt chains in the country that is still full-serve.

Golden Spoon is one of the first froyo chains in America. It was also one of the first frozen yogurt chains in California. All yogurt is served up by Golden Spoon employees, which can be eaten with the company’s trademark Golden Spoon.

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In addition to frozen yogurt, Yogen Fruz also serves smoothies & fruit cups. The company, launched in 1986, is headquartered in the Greater Toronto Area. Although the company isn’t German, the umlaut above the “u” is supposed to signify international branding.

Most Yogen Fruz stores are either compact or small outlets, but some are freestanding. Nearly all locations are full-serve, but a select few are self-serve.

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Fresh Berry is a concept chain of Beautiful Brands, the owner of Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. The chain has locations in the Western & Southern United States, as well as several countries in the Middle East & South America.

Most Fresh Berry stores are self-serve, although some locations have been reported as being full-serve.

National chains Carvel & Dairy Queen both serve frozen yogurt as well.

(Sources: ABC, Wikipedia, Tulsa World, Observer, Yogen Fruz)