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Tuesday is National Coffee Day

Posted: 3:49 PM, Sep 28, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-28 22:49:51Z

The International Coffee Organization sets a number of dates for countries to celebrate "National Coffee Day." Sept. 29 is the designated date for the U.S., Japan, South Africa and a number of other nations.

You can score free coffee at a number of national chains, including:

  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea

5 facts about coffee: 

1. The U.S. is not number one when it comes to coffee consumption. "On a per capita coffee consumption basis, the the U.S is medium sized beverage, in a sea of extra large coffee drinking nations," says WorldAtlas.com.

2. Coffee is second only to oil as the world's most valuable commodity.  (GlobalExchange.org)

3. Humans drink a lot of coffee: Annual global consumption is about 12 billion pounds.  (GlobalExchange.org)

4. While there is an endless variety of coffee-based beverages, there are only two kinds of beans: Arabica and Robusta.

"Seventy percent of coffee beans are Arabica. Although less popular, Robusta is slightly more bitter and has twice as much caffeine." -- GoodHousekeeping.com

5. Coffee is a fruit. Coffee beans are actually the pits of berries that grow on bushes