Sept. 29 is ‘Coffee Day’ in America

It’s seems only appropriate that the day before International Podcast Day, is National Coffee Day.

Yes, September 29, is National Coffee Day and that means a lot of “coffee talk” and coffee deals.

Ever since Starbucks democratized caffeine in 1971, a coffee culture has emerged in America — and throughout the world, for that matter. According to a Gallup poll, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults today drink coffee, and each averages 2.7 cups of joe per day. Some estimates even place Americans in the lead of global coffee consumption, at 146 billions cups per year, earning us the status as the most caffeinated — and wired — humans on the planet.

So what gave way to coffee culture? Well, science, for one, tells us that caffeine possesses other health benefits besides mental stimulation. In the right dosages, caffeine also contributes to longevity, transforming our carafes and fancy brewing systems into modern-day fountains of youth. Perhaps more important, though, is coffee’s special quality as social lubrication. We no longer drink it alone or just at home. Today, we have stations devoted to coffee at work and tens of thousands of coffee shops that are hubs for the mutual enjoyment of hot caffeinated beverages. Finally, coffee serves as the canvas for latte art, gracing countless Instagram feeds and even inspiring a national competition among the most talented baristas.

In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest cities to determine the best local coffee scenes in America.

The top-3 coffee cities should come as no surprise to many as Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis rank 1,2 and 3.

Pittsburgh, Orlando and San Francisco are next.

Other findings:

Louisville has the cheapest coffee, San Jose has the most expensive.

Boston has the most donut shops per capita, Anchorage has the least.

The U.S. coffee market has a retail value of $48 billion.

Are you a coffee fanatic? In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, WalletHub compiled a list of coffee retailers extending special discounts and other promotions to their customers. How about a medium cup of joe for only $0.66 at Dunkin’ Donuts or a free coffee and an Original Glazed donut at participating Krispy Kreme locations in the U.S. and Canada? Find out what’s brewing at some of the stores:

Dunkin’ Donuts – Any medium-sized coffee for only $0.66; plus, 66 Dunkin’ Donuts’ Twitter followers will be surprised with Dunkin’ Donuts cards (each good for a year’s worth of free coffee) from Sept. 26 to 29

McCafé at McDonald’s – After five McCafé purchases, sixth McCafé beverage is free (offer accessible through the McDonald’s app).

Starbucks  – In typical Starbucks fashion, a coffee tree will be donated for every brewed cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee purchase

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Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, nba.com and in Sports Illustrated.

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