updated - September 2, 2015 Wednesday EDT
From September 23rd to September 29th, 54 participating McDonald's restaurants in Southwest Florida will say "Thank You" to consumers and celebrate National Coffee Day by offering free small Premium Roast McCafé coffee all week long.
"Serving hot, freshly brewed coffee is a universal way to show appreciation and we're thrilled to share our Premium Roast McCafe Coffee with customers for free," said Steve Nisbet, who owns and operates two McDonald's restaurants in Hendry County.
In Southwest Florida, customers are encouraged to donate what they would have paid for their coffee to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Donation boxes are located in McDonald's restaurants and drive-thrus.
A Week of Free Premium Small Coffee at McDonald's is happening at participating restaurants across the Eastern United States - from Maine to Miami.
Among coffee drinkers, average consumption in the U.S. is 3.1 cups per day - that's 66 billion cups per year. In the U.S., men drink more coffee than women on average. The majority of all caffeine consumed worldwide comes from coffee.
Coffee isn't just for breakfast anymore, according to recent findings by the National Coffee Association. Daily coffee consumption soared by seven percentage points in 2011, moving coffee solidly ahead of soft drinks, according to the 2012 National Coffee Drinking Trends report.
Additionally, local customers who Tweet a picture of themselves with their free McDonald's coffee with the phrase "I love free coffee @McDonalds_SWFL" from September 23 to 29 will receive a "Be Our Guest" card for a free McDonald's oatmeal, Chicken McNuggets or McCafé Real Fruit Smoothie. For details, visit http://bit.ly/RX2FHc
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