(CNN) — Finally, the day we’ve all been waiting for: National Coffee Day (known to plebs as September 29th).
It’s a day for caffeine addicts, workaholics, and Pumpkin Spice Latte enthusiasts to hit the streets in celebration of the only thing that gets them up in the mornings.
So what’s the real deal with coffee? Here are answers to some of your questions:
Where did the popular drink originate?
What is the difference between iced coffee and cold brew?
Don’t worry, brewers aren’t trying to fool you. There is actually a difference between the two chilly drinks.
Cold brew, on the other hand, is made by steeping grounds in cold water for hours, usually twelve or more, producing a rich, smooth concentrate that should be diluted with water or milk.
Is coffee good for you?
Coffee is healthy! No, it’s bad for you. Wait! It’s healthy again.
Before you take a huge sigh of relief, though, you might want to take a tally of your coffee consumption today.
Conflicted? Just wait.
So, it seems coffee drinkers might be able to stick around a few extra years and wait for scientists to concur on whether the drink is actually good for you.
Can coffee really sober you up?
We’ve all heard this at some point. Getting tired after a few alcoholic drinks but want to power through the night? Get a little caffeine in your system and you’re good to go for a few more hours. Right?
Is drinking coffee bad for the environment?
While the bean itself is natural, coffee culture produces an absurd amount of waste. Let’s see: You’ve got disposable cups, filters, straws, plastic tops, stirrers, tiny creamer cups, single-use machine cups, napkins, grounds….need I continue?
Arabica coffee berries, southwest Ethiopia (Credit: Aaron Davis, RBG Kew)
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So what do I get from National Coffee Day?
All that stuff you just read about limiting your coffee consumption will probably fly out the window the second you see how easy it is to get your coffee fix this National Coffee Day.
Many stores are ringing in the special holiday by giving out free or discounted cups of that delicious, eye-opening drink. After all, the only thing better than coffee is free coffee. Here are just a few:
Silk will reimburse you up to $5 for your non-dairy milk drink order this Sunday if you send them a PayPal request for the cost of your drink and provide the drink order in the note.
They are limiting the fun at $5,000 in reimbursements, though, so have your PayPal at the ready.