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The Best Part of Waking Up: Thursday is National Coffee Day

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If you are as hooked on that first-thing-in-the-morning caffeine jolt as many of us are, every day in the U.S.A. is "coffee day." So every coffee drinker has their day, but tomorrow is the day for coffee drinkers. September 29th is National Coffee Day.

Not to be confused with National Cappuccino Day (that's November 8th, plebe!), National Coffee Day is one of those made up holidays that gives retailers a reason to give away free coffee. And why not? Worldwide, coffee is a hot commodity: over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. (Speaking of commodity, it is second only to oil on the global market.)

Ladies, here's some good news/an excuse not to quit the habit: Drinking help lower a woman's risk of depression, according to a new study out of the Harvard School of Public Health.

So we said free coffee, right? You can score a cuppa at participating Krispy Kreme locations all day on the 29th, and at 7-Eleven from 7-11 a.m. We're sorry to say, though, that despite the "holiday" your coffee is still no longer free with breakfast at the Original Pantry.

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If you're looking for something more highbrow, you might want to use the iPhone app that helps you find L.A.'s best coffee brewers. No iPhone? No problem: CBS2 recently did a roundup of their favorite local coffee boutiques. And if you're using the brew to fuel the midnight oil, well--good luck; we're still looking for a few good all-night coffee shops.