#NATIONALCOFFEEDAY is almost upon us! September 29th is National Coffee Day - Where can you score a free or discounted coffee?

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For me, EVERY day is National Coffee Day but for the rest of the world, they've made one official day for that, which is tomorrow, Thursday the 29th of September.  This morning as I sipped my 3rd cup of coffee I checked out my Twitter feed and a few news sources to find out where some of the best 'coffee deals' are to score a cup for free or a discount to honor this oh-so-important day.

There are two places (big names) that are NOT discounting their coffee nor giving away any for free (McDonalds and Starbucks I'm talk to you) - however if you are of a 'give back to the world' frame of mind you might be soothed by knowing your purchase will donate a tree or if you live around a certain city, they'll donate some funds to house homeless youth in that area.  For the rest of us who believe WE will give to our OWN choice of charities or causes and don't need companies to 'give' in our names so THEY get the tax-write off... there are a handful of pretty sweet coffee deals out there.



Coffee Beanery: Get any size fresh brewed coffee for $1 at Coffee Beanery on National Coffee Day 9-29-16

In the UK?  Pauls says:  Tomorrow is finally ! Enjoy £1 take away coffee & quote for the chance to win our limited reusable cup!

WAWA: Right now, customers can get any-size coffee for just $1 at Wawa! And FYI their pumpkin spice is back.

DUNKIN’ DONUTS:  Thursday isn’t just National Coffee Day — Dunkin’ Donuts’ is also celebrating 66 years of keeping people running! To mark the occasion, customers will be able to get a medium-sized coffee for just 66 cents. And if you take them up on that sweet deal, be sure to get a selfie with your brew using Dunkin’s Coffee Day geo-filter on Snapchat.

MCDONALDS: Isn't going to give customers any breaks on the price of coffee -The McCafé coffee will still be regular price but the McDonald’s of the Greater Philadelphia Region will be donating 100 percent of their McCafé proceeds to Covenant House Pennsylvania and New Jersey to help provide homeless youth with housing.

KRISPY KREME:  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is giving away a free 12 oz. cup of joe and a free original glazed doughnut to go with it!

CUMBERLAND FARMS:   Score a free hot or iced coffee at Cumberland Farms by texting the word “FREECOFFEE” to 64827.

GLORIA JEAN’S COFFEES: People who visit Gloria Jean’s Coffees between 2 and 5 p.m. will get a free 8 oz. White Chocolate Cookie Chiller or a small cup of coffee.

SMOOTHIE KING: Smoothie King is offering a BOGO coupon for one of their Coffee High Protein Smoothies.

Another company that won't make your brew cheaper but instead will do something for someone else for every brew bought: Starbucks: You don’t have to feel guilty about that third cup of coffee because Starbucks is donating a coffee tree on behalf of each customer who purchases a brewed Mexico Chiapas coffee!

Pilot Flying J: Claim your free small cup of Pilot Coffee or any small hot tea or cappuccino of your choice.

Peet’s Coffee:  At participating café locations, Peet’s will give away a free medium drip coffee with the purchase of any fresh food item. The chain will also announce the top 10 finalists for its Ode to Coffee First, a video contest by Project Greenlight and Peet’s Coffee which shows the role coffee plays in our daily lives.

Pilot Flying J: Get one free small cup of Pilot coffee, tea or cappuccino using an online coupon available at Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page. The offer is available for customers in the U.S. and Canada from 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m. EST on Sept. 29, 2016.

Krispy Kreme:  Free small coffee and a free Original Glazed doughnut will be available on Sept. 29 at participating locations in the U.S.

Atlas Coffee Club: First bag of coffee is free when people sign up for a monthly subscription to Atlas Coffee Club, a travel themed coffee subscription. Use the discount code: coffeetravels2016. 

Keurig.com: Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 2, Keurig will offer deals on several coffee drinks. Customers will get 20% off Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods and 15% off other beverages like Green Mountain Coffee and the Original Donut Shop with the code GREENSAVINGS at checkout.

Cumberland Farms:  Get a free Farmhouse Blend or Bold coffee in any size at Cumberland Farms with a coupon. Customers can text the word FREECOFFEE to 64827 to receive a mobile coupon for their free cup on National Coffee Day.

Dunkin' Donuts: Coffee-fans can purchase a 66-cent medium hot coffee to commemorate Dunkin' Donuts' 66th anniversary.

Caribou Coffee: Caribou Coffee will donate a free cup of coffee to caregivers at health facilities and hospitals across the country, when people purchases a cup of Amy's Blend coffee on National Coffee Day. Amy's Blend Coffee and merchandise sales support CancerCare.

Bruegger's Bagels: If you snap a selfie with a Bruegger’s coffee cup and post the photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by Sept. 29, you will be entered to win one of five Bruegger’s Bottomless Mugs, which retail at over $185, according to Bruegger's.


Rambling over coffee: Where are they now? Kids I used to babysit!

Tonight I don't actually have coffee in hand as it's after 8:pm and I'm hoping to be to bed by 10:30 tonight.  Caffeine would have me up til 1:00 am I am sure.  But never-the-less I'm going to 'ramble' a bit over cyber-coffee if you will.

I like to explain where the ideas for my posts come from and this one comes from clicking on my hometown paper online and glancing through the obituaries.  I saw a last name I recognized so I clicked on the name to find out if it was a relation to those I knew with the name.  It ends up it wasn't (An Aunt to the family I knew) but that led to me thinking about their kids as I was their main babysitter for nights and weekends when they would go out or more often, both the parents were working crazy shifts, as one drove an ambulance and the other, a nurse. 

When I started to babysit for them there were just two kids.  A little girl and a little boy.  A crazy, hyper, difficult little girl and a little boy.  She was loud, impossible and sometimes quite a little terror.  Luckily I was the oldest of four kids myself and had a handful of brothers so I knew how to deal with kids and many of my tricks worked. 

After seeing their family name in the paper I did a very quick internet search to see if I could find out what and who the little girl grew up to be.  Well gracious - there she was.  A married Mom of two and she became a Psychologist!  I had to take a moment to wrap my mind around that one and I admit, I had a little chuckle.  That kid causes me so much strife - she was just a little terror. Grew up to be a Psychologist.  Her brother grew up to be a business analyst. 

As my mind brought up a few other names from the past, I would do a quick search with the big "G" search engine and see if anything popped up.  Not really important enough to dig or spend more than 10 seconds on a search but I did a lot of babysitting as a teenager so I easily found a handful of names I recalled.

One of 'pretty good kids' I had sat for was the oldest brother in a family of three children.  The oldest was a great kid, his sister was a handful (for everyone... including the parents and grandparents) and the youngest brother was just a sweetheart.  That pretty good kid ended up playing college football (yes, it was a little surreal to watch him playing on television) became a Civil Engineer.  

A family with five children was my ultimate favorite family in the whole world (at the time) and I just adored their children.  Especially interested in the two oldest little girls, one grew up to be a specialist in chemical engineering and the second is a housewife but what was shocking was to find a photo of her in our hometown paper and I didn't realize it was her; I honestly thought it was a picture of her Mom.  I had to stop and think to myself that I was remembering what her Mom looked like waaaay back when - and of course the girl I remember is all grown up now!  Sure enough, it was her and she absolutely was a dead ringer for her mother.  Kind of neat to see!

Another child I watched 'way back when' grew up to be a salesperson at a tire store and another entered into the military.

So many different careers. So interesting to see those little children all grown up to be adults.

Funny how they all got old but I stayed 17.


Six (6) Autumn Pumpkin Spice Coffees!

It's officially Autumn!  (No matter what the temperature gauge says.)  Yesterday was the 'first day of Fall' so this morning as I sip my morning coffee (strong, hot and black) I was thinking perhaps a fall themed coffee post was in order. 

Autumn brings thoughts of pumpkin and spice so that became the basis of this post and Amazon was my search engine.  Below are six (6) options for a pumpkin spice blend coffee and I made sure to look for three styles;  whole bean, ground and k-cups!

Christopher Bean Coffee Flavored Whole Bean Coffee, Pumpkin Spice, 12 Ounce
With flavors of pumpkin pie, nutmeg and spice this highly rated coffee hits the top of my list because it is whole bean.  Coffee tastes best when it's freshly ground and brewed and this one allows you to grind and brew when you want to.  I did see that a reviewer on Amazon suggested this blend with a bit of honey and cream.  Honey, pumpkin, spice & cream.  Sounds like a winning combination!

Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Pumpkin Spice, 24 Count

I'm putting this one in a top slot of this mornings list for the reason that you can get your pumpkin spice coffee in a k-cup form.  So many of us use a single cup brewer that the little cups are our 'go to'. The sweet, creamy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg make Pumpkin Spice just right for fall's crisper days and cooler nights.

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Flavor K-Cups
Dunkin Donuts Ground Coffee (Pack of 2) (Pumpkin Spice)11 oz (22 oz Total)
This one is chosen for this mornings list for a couple reasons.  One - it's Dunkin' Donuts and a lot of people really love their coffee. Two:  You can get this in ground coffee OR k-cups and the single brew option is pretty darn important for those with single cup brewers.  But Three:  You can usually find this locally pretty easy.  As a matter of fact, the cost of the ground coffee option on Amazon is pretty darn expensive in my opinion since I can usually find Dunkin' Donuts brand flavored coffees at my local Walmart.  However, the flavored coffees locally are not always in stock and they are seasonal (and I've read conflicting stories on whether or not Dunkin' Donuts is going to be easy to find in the stores this year) so Amazon is worth checking out if you love Dunkin' Donuts and can't get it at your grocery store.

GOURMET PUMPKIN SPICE Flavored Ground Coffee | 1 LB Bag | Freshly Roasted Holiday Blend | 100% Colombian Arabica
100% Ground Colombian Coffee with premium pumpkin spice flavor.  This is an already ground option, but their packaging seems to be pretty decent and has a triple layer to help keep it fresh.

Paramount Coffee Flavored Fall In Love Pumpkin Spice, Ground, 12 Ounce
This one is made with Arabica beans and if you are looking for heavy flavor, this seems to be your guy.  Reviews often mention the STRONG taste of this one.  Great for those who want a lot of flavor (more flavor than Dunkin' Donuts) but I thought this deserved a mention; the heavy flavor of this one makes it perfect for those who like to add creamer, milk, sugar or sweeteners to their coffee.  Many times the additions make the flavor disappear.  Sounds like this one will hold up to your milk and honey or sugar.  An interesting side-note: On the package are passages from love letters that were written by President John Adams and Abigail Adams.

McCafe Coffee Ground Coffee, Pumpkin Spice, 12 Oz. Bag 2-pack
EXPENSIVE ALERT...  I decided to include this because it's really highly rated by reviews and I know people LOVE their McDonalds coffee.  I have to admit - I've never had this.  And as a matter of fact, I don't eat fast food but maybe once or twice a year and only when traveling cross country.  The last time I've had any McDonalds coffee at all was a cross country trip in the Fall of 2011 and I got an iced coffee to give me a bit of caffeine in the middle of my 15 hour drive.  But people love it... and if you can't find it locally I found 1 seller on Amazon offering a double pack.


To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men.

To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men.


To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. The human race
Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised
Against injustice, ignorance, and lust,
The inquisition yet would serve the law,
And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak again
To right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God,
No vested power in this great day and land
Can gag or throttle. Press and voice may cry
Loud disapproval of existing ills;
May criticise oppression and condemn
The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws
That let the children and childbearers toil
To purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore I do protest against the boast
Of independence in this mighty land.
Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link.
Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled slim wrists of babes
Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee,
Until the mother bears no burden, save
The precious one beneath her heart, until
God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed
And given back to labor, let no man
Call this the land of freedom.

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919)

ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, “Protest,” Poems of Problems, pp. 154–55 (1914).

You might also be interested in these related books from Amazon;

The Essential Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poetry Collection
Ella Wheeler Wilcox's Collected Works: Poems of Passion, A Woman of the World, and More! (20 Works)


iCoffee Update: I've found one issue with the new icoffee machine - it leaks and pools coffee

Just a quick update to my brand new iCoffee machine (About 2 1/2 weeks ago we bought a brand new  iCoffee Davinci Single Serve Coffee Brewer and I said I'd update after using it a bit).

While I love the idea of spin brew technology; it swirls the hot water around in the k-cup to reach more of the grounds and the yummy coffee flavor than just shooting the water straight down like our Keurig(s) - I've found it's been leaking a bit.

Surface Tension
As the coffee stream starts to flow out and into the cups, part of the stream clings onto the machine and follows it towards the back of the k-cup-undercarriage and then runs down the backside of the front cup/mug opening.

If you look under the k-cup-holder-carriage while the cup is filling you will see the thin stream of coffee going into your mug but there is a second thin stream running back towards the wall of the mug/cup opening, down the plastic and avoiding the drip pan, but running behind it and then after a couple cups, there is enough coffee under the drip pan that it starts to pool out in front of the machine.

I first noticed that I wasn't getting a full 6 or 8 oz. in my brewing.  I thought it wasn't sucking enough water through.
After a few days though I would wipe up spilled coffee.
And then finally, started to watch the brewing process carefully to see where the problem lay.

It's obvious once you stop and watch it try to fill the cup.
The stream isn't strong enough to shoot/pour it all straight down so while part of it does, the other part is clinging to the surface of the machine and following the fastest route down by surface tension - which ends up pooling on the counter.

This afternoon I decided to make a cup of coffee and since my phone was on the counter next to me, I grabbed it and filmed the icoffee leaking.  Then I took photos of the clean paper towel I had placed under the drip catcher before brewing... you can see just how much coffee leaks and is wasted with every cup brewed over the last 2 1/2 weeks we've owned the machine.

You can see the stream coming down into the cup but notice the second stream
following the plastic under-carriage of the k-cup holder to the back 'wall' and running down the machine
and pooling under it.  This is with the drip pan pushed all the way in and clicked into
place.  The liquid leaks behind and around it and pools on the counter.

The drip pan catches what comes out of the machine if you remove your cup before it's finished but the water following the under-carriage and leaking down the back is clinging to the wall of the brewer so it bypasses the drip catcher and leaks around and behind it - even though it's clicked into place as it should be.

Ahhh the waste of such glorious, yummy, liquid gold!