SANTA MONICA, CA – For many who frequent Santa Monica, drinking coffee is celebrated seven mornings a week.
But there is a specific date specifically designed to highlight one of the most consumed beverages in the world. National Coffee Day takes place in the US on September 29th and falls on a Wednesday in 2021.
National Coffee Day is another reason for Java lovers in Santa Monica to visit one of their local coffee shops.
Here are the local coffee shops in and near Santa Monica:
- Bardonna, 1601 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
- Blue Bottle Coffee, 2439 Main Street, Santa Monica
- Bluestone Lane, 631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
- Bulletproof Coffee, 3110 Main St, Santa Monica
- Cafe Bolivar, 1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
- Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 380 Santa Monica Pier Ste 7, Santa Monica
- Coffee Office, 1402 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
- Coras Coffee Shoppe, 1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
- Demitasse, 1149 3rd St, Santa Monica
- Dunkin ‘Donuts, 1132 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
- Dogtown Coffee, 2003 Main Street, Santa Monica
- Go Get Em Tiger, 2645 Main St, Santa Monica
- Goodboybob Coffee, 2058 Broadway, Santa Monica
- Groundwork Coffee Co., 2908 Main St, Santa Monica
- Cafe K, 2209 Main St b, Santa Monica
- Jam Cafe, 710 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
- Metro Cafe, 603 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica
- Philz Coffee, 525 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
- The Pie Hole, 2627 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica
- The Place To Be, 2510B Main St, Santa Monica
- Peet’s Coffee, 1401 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
- First Step Coffee Co, 702 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
- Randy’s Donuts, 829 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
- Shops Delicatessen, 2400 Main St a1, Santa Monica
- Sidecar Donuts & Coffee, 631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
- Starbucks, 3020 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
- 10 Speed Coffee, 1919 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
- Urth Caffe Santa Monica, 2327 Main St, Santa Monica
The exact origin of how September 29 (or October 1 in other countries) became National Coffee Day is unclear, according to a summary by NationalToday.com about the country’s long association with the beverage. It points to the 1773 Boston Tea Party as a key moment in US history when the country literally dumped tea for coffee.
When the population of the 13 colonies opposed the high tea tax of King George III. revolted, “was tea out and coffee in,” says the summary.
The United States’ connection to coffee only grew stronger in the years that followed. Brothers John and Charles Arbuckle began selling coffee to cowboys in the American West in the mid-19th century, and James Folger introduced the drink to gold miners in California before founding JA Folger & Co. in 1872, according to NationalToday.com.
Other brands that still exist today, such as Maxwell House and Hills Brothers, eventually entered the coffee market. And Starbucks “changed everything” when it was founded in Seattle in 1971, the executive summary says.
The U.S. coffee shop market has now grown to a $ 45.4 billion industry, according to a report citing the Allegra World Coffee Portal’s 2019 Project Café USA report.
A number of chain coffeeshop chains are expected to offer deals for National Coffee Day, says TheSpruceEats.com.
Among them, Krispy Kreme offers a free coffee and donut a day, Dunkin ‘Donuts a free medium or iced coffee with every purchase, and LaMar’s Donuts a free small cup of coffee.
Local 7-Eleven stores have also been running National Coffee Day deals, where coffee of any size can be purchased for $ 1 while using the store’s smartphone app.
Starbucks also usually offers free samples or cups of coffee on September 29th, Coffeeaffection.com reported this year.
Editor’s note: Did we miss a local coffee spot? Let us know in the comments.