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Make your calendars, caffeine fiends: Thursday, Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day.
To mark the occasion, a lot of coffee houses and doughnut shops, both big chains and small independents, will be offering deals and discounts, says Kendal Perez, spokeswoman for CouponSherpa.com.
Last year, some of the large chains offered everything from free cups of java to coffee mugs and doughnuts on the house -- along with special buys on bags of beans, she recalls.
The one exception: Starbucks, which often uses the date to kick off charitable events, says Perez. Last year, to assist coffee farmers hit by a blight, it pledged to donate one coffee tree for every bag of coffee sold over the next year.