(WCBD) — It’s National Coffee Day!
If you’re a coffee drinker, go ahead and indulge. This day is celebrated annually on September 29, not to be confused with International Coffee Day on October 1.
According to Harvard School of Public Health, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee daily.
The consumption of coffee is also a big business. Harvard reports Americans spend $40 billion annually on their daily Cup of Joe.
When it comes to health benefits, experts suggest coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, heart rhythm problems, stroke and certain types of cancer.
Several coffee companies are issuing special deals on this unofficial holiday.
Krispy Kreme is not just giving away free coffee on National Coffee Day. Customers who visit one of the chain’s participating locations on Thursday will receive a free 12-ounce cup of coffee and a free glazed doughnut.
Dunkin’ Donuts is cutting the price of a medium-sized cup of coffee to 66 cents for National Coffee Day. The special price is a nod to the donut and coffee chain’s “66-year history of keeping people running with great coffee each and every day.”
Starbucks is also going the charitable route on National Coffee Day.
The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will donate one rust-resistant coffee tree for every cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee it sells on Thursday.