Can you smell it brewing? One of our favorite annual holidays – National Coffee Day – is almost here. Friday, September 29th is the special day, and although jumping from local coffee shop to coffee shop to high five your favorite baristas and drink so much caffeine that you start to hear colors and see sounds, there are other creative ways that you can spend this National Coffee Day that might allow you to sleep at the end. Here are five ways to celebrate like a coffee connoisseur and take advantage of the 24 hours dedicated to one of the greatest beverages ever produced by human hands. And just in case you need a boost along the way, here’s a list of our top coffee pairings for each part of the day.
1. Get after the deals of the day.
Chase the caffeinated dragon while staying on budget! Lots of coffee-slinging establishments are doling out irresistible bargains on beverages, some even offering free cups. Today, you can take the money you’d normally spend on a grande latte and do something responsible with it.
2. Take a risk on a new coffee shop. And drink local first.
We know, the baristas at the corner spell your name right, and they’re happy to see you, and they know your special order… but take National Coffee Day as an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. Depending on your city, it could be a matter of just a few steps before you run into a corner bistro that you’d never know served the perfect flat white unless you worked up the courage to explore.
3. Pay it forward. Surprise a friend (or a stranger) with a cup.
Remember that four bucks you saved on your normal order? Use it to pick up a cup for a friend, or a co-worker, or maybe the lady who works the crack-of-dawn shift at the gym, or maybe just pay for the person behind you in line. You’ll improve someone’s day, and be no deeper in debt for it.
4. Add something extra to your brew.
A new twist on your typical morning fare, coffee add-ins can range from the alcoholic to the grass-fed. On this special day dedicated to all of coffee’s many variations, go crazy and try something to differentiate this holiday from the rest of the caffeine-fueled mornings you slog through. Instead of using coffee as a means of surviving the day, do it the honor of being the star of the show. Give it some extra love to say thanks for always being there when you need it.
5. Buy a French Press… Seriously. You won’t regret it.
Die-hard coffee nerds agree, the French press is the best way to prepare a pour-over coffee. Celebrate National Coffee Day with the perfect cup that you made yourself. Pat yourself on the back, get out there, and revel in the thought that today, everyone you cross paths with will likely be caffeinated to the point of bliss, and that means it’s going to be a great Thursday.
While You’re Out, We’ve Got Your Meal Plan
Breakfast: Almond Coffee Green Smoothie. All the good stuff you want in your morning smoothies with the boost of caffeine.
Lunch: Espresso Fizz. The drink is technically simple: It’s basically just a shot of espresso mixed with a glass of tonic. And unlike some other drinks with tonic, you won’t get fired for drinking one on your lunch break!
Afternoon Delight: Pumpkin Spice Latte. Labor Day. Back to School. And Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Must be fall, right?
Dinner: Original Irish Coffee. Hey, sometimes the day is just too long.
Dessert: Maple Walnut Coffee Smoothie. Try it with that tiramisu.
Need some help to plan ahead for National Coffee Day? Make sure you contact Coffee Mill and we’ll get your coffee spot set up right and stocked regularly.