National Coffee Day is this Sunday, Sept. 29. If you’re dragging a bit, you can get a free cup at a number of local coffee shops. Here are some of the deals and Reston-area locations:Starbucks (South Lakes Village Center, Plaza America, The Spectrum, Fox Mill, North Point and Reston Town Center) and other locations. Participating locations will offer free coffee tastings of their new Ethiopia blend. Also, if you purchase a one-pound bag of the Ethiopia blend, you will receive a ceramic cup (while supplies last).
Dunkin’ Donuts at Hunter Woods Village Center. Download the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app, which is free, and look under “offers.” You can get a free hot or iced coffee with the mobile app.
The National Coffee Association says 83 percent of Americans have had a cup of coffee in the past year.
While there are some health concerns about over-consumption of caffeine, “for most people the health benefits [of consuming coffee] outweigh the risks,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
In moderation, coffee may help prevent Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. It also contains antioxidants. It some people, unfiltered coffee may elevate cholesterol in people with certain genetic mutations. Read more about the health benefits (and risks) from drinking coffee here.