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The buzz: Free, cheap coffee today

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

It's National Coffee Day!

Wake up and smell the coffee! It's National Coffee Day and some stores and restaurants are giving it away for free.

It's National Coffee Day!

Whether you need it to help wake up or to help keep you going during the long day, celebrate National Coffee Day with free or cheap options. To help you get your buzz on, check out the following celebratory specials:

7-Eleven stores – Free medium cups of coffee from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. today

Krispy Kreme – Free 12 oz. cups of coffee all day today

Dunkin Donuts – 50 cents for a cup of coffee today

Caribou Coffee – Buy one coffee, get one free today

Thorntons – Free cup of coffee or a cappuccino from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. today

McDonald's – Some locations have been rumored to be giving away free coffee today. Check your local restaurant for details.

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Need another reason to love coffee? A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine notes that women who consumed two to three cups of coffee a day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression compared to women who drank a cup or less daily.

Try these recipes that include coffee

Pumpkin spice latte

Coffee spice cake

Coffee liqueur sundae

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