(WAFF) - It's the day many lovers of a freshly-brewed pot of coffee wait for each year - a chance to score some free java.
Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day. The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 13th century with a number of reports surrounding its first use.
In the hundreds of years since - and certainly within the last 100 years, coffee has earned a place on the worldwide breakfast table.
Hot, cold, iced, blended, instant, pods, carafes - no matter how you take your coffee, Sept. 29 is the day to celebrate that fresh-roasted bean.
As in years past, many national chains such as Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme are offering coffee to the masses for free.
At Dunkin', you can get a free medium cup of hot or iced dark-roast coffee, one per guest. All Huntsville locations are participating, so swing by to get your free cup.
At Krispy Kreme, you can get a free 12 oz. coffee and a free glazed doughnut. Awards members will also get double points on any coffee purchase Tuesday. There is a Krispy Kreme on North Memorial Parkway and on South Cox Creek Parkway in Florence.
Starbucks, however, is bucking the trend this year, offering a giveaway of a more environmentally-conscious source. A Starbucks spokesperson said the company plans to start a year-long campaign to plant more trees. Every time someone buys a bag of coffee at a Starbucks location, a tree will be planted in a community that needs one on their behalf. Starbucks has also pledged to plant 1 million coffee trees in farming communities that need help.
Angel's Island, Cafe 153, and A Cup of Everything are a few places around Huntsville and Madison where you can grab a cup of Joe. In the Shoals, Rivertown is a hot spot for a hot cup. Let us know where you're celebrating National Coffee Day by posting on social media and sending pictures to email@example.com or uploading them to pix.waff.com. Use #WAFFpix and #NationalCoffeeDay with your posts.
Sip away, America - National Coffee Day is something to buzz about.
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