Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 09/29/2011

National Coffee Day: Celebrate with a free cup of joe

Today, tell all those smug tea drinkers to take a walk, because it’s international/national coffee day.

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Caribou Coffee, 7-11, Thornton's, and Krispy Kreme are all making it easier to feed your addiction by handing out free cups of joe at nationwide locations. (Note the fine print: 7/11’s freebies end at 11 a.m., and at Caribou, it’s buy one, get one for a friend free.)

Though rumored to be participating, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks say they will not be handing out free coffee, prompting one fan to write, “I still love your coffee, and I'd still pay for it on National Coffee Day while other people moan and complain, and go to 7-11 for a [expletive] cup of free coffee.”

In addition to getting a cup of java, we suggest you celebrate by remembering where coffee came from — a group of hopped-up goats.

According to the National Coffee Association, an Ethio­pian goat herder named Kaldi was the first to realize coffee’s wonders: “It is said that he discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not want to sleep at night.”

Today, those berries are then harvested and processed, the beans dried, milled and exported, the coffee tasted, roasted, ground and brewed — all to get to that steaming mug in front of you.

Now go get your caffeine on!

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