It’s national coffee day! Here’s a list of coffee shops in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, N.C. (CAPE FEAR WEEKEND) - Happy national coffee day! If you’re not sure what that is, then it’s a day that promotes and celebrates coffee lovers, cafés and the drink itself.

The first official national coffee day was celebrated in 2005 on September 29th, however other countries have different dates for celebrating coffee day. For instance, international coffee day is celebrated on October 1st. This day was originally declared on October 3rd, 2015, which was agreed on by the International Coffee Organization in Milan, Italy.

Here in the U.S. September 29th is a day that many businesses offer free or discounted coffees and it encourages people to gather at their favorite coffee shop.

To celebrate, coffee brands and chains across the country are rolling out deals to help fuel your coffee habit. Everything from freebies to discounts that you don’t want to miss. Here are a few of the offers you can take part in:

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee

  • This coffee shop on New Center Dr is offering customers a free cup of coffee if you purchase a bag of coffee grounds or beans.


  • Select Starbucks across the country are planning free coffee tastings, one in our area is handing out free black coffees. Of course it’s the Starbucks on UNCW’s campus because they know students need the pick me up!
  • They have been doing “ThursYays” for the entire month of September, which was a BOGO deal on all fall-themed drinks. However, the last day to cash in on that deal on on September 28th.


  • Dunkin’ is nostalgic for giving away freebies. On National Coffee Day, if you’re a rewards member then you can receive a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. The chain is also partaking in “Free Coffee Mondays” meaning that anyone can receive a free coffee each Monday in the months of September and October (with a purchase).


  • Keurig has many deals to take advantage of on this special day. Frist, the company is giving away a trip to upstate New York and a year’s worth of K-Cup pods and a Keurig K-Cafe Barista Bar brewer. The trip includes several fun and exciting adventures while in New York. To enter you have to visit the Keurig Instagram age between September 25th and 29th and comment #KeurigCoffeeHouseSweepstakes on the giveaway’s post and tag two friends. You can also repost the giveaway post or share a picture of yourself drinking coffee using the hashtag and tagging the company.
  • If you’re not into the social media world, then you can receive 20% off brewers and accessories, or 30% off your entire order if you buy a brewer and four or more boxes of pods. You just need to use the code COFFEEDAY23. Lastly, you can receive 15% off all beverages online, no code needed.

Krispy Kreme

  • Free medium hot or iced coffee with no purchase necessary. You can also receive a box of a dozen original glazed donuts for $2 with the purchase of another dozen, since coffee pairs so well with donuts.


  • Although Potbelly’s is known for it’s warm and delicious sandwiches, they’re also known to have tasty shakes including coffee-flavored ones. Between September 29th and October 1st, perks members will earn double points on any purchase that includes a cold brew shake. The only requirement is that you order on the Potbelly website or app.

Circle K

  • Between September 25th and October 2nd, Circle K locations are giving away one free cup of coffee of any size at participating locations. The catch is that you need to download the store’s app to redeem the offer.

If you already grabbed your cup of the day, here’s other things you can do on this special day:

  • Learn a new method of brewing coffee
  • Learn more about coffee beans
  • Visit a new coffee shop
  • Discover the health benefits of coffee

Don’t forget to check out our social media post highlighting several fan favorite coffee shops in Wilmington. Some include: Hidden Grounds Coffee, The Maroon Monkey, Bespoke Coffee, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, Social Coffee, Spill Coffee & Roastery, Java Dog Coffee House, Drift Coffee, 24 South, Luna Caffe, Blue Cup Roastery, Three Friends Coffee, The Roastery and Maven Coffee.

Lauren Schuster

Lauren Schuster

Lauren joined WECT in September of 2022 as a multimedia journalist/reporter. Lauren grew up in a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Western Michigan in 2022 with a degree in broadcast journalism. While attending school, she interned at WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also worked as a lifestyle reporter for Rose Tv in Rosemont, Illinois.