The return of the NFL on Thursdays or the end of Summer Fridays might have you struggling through the tail end of the work week, hoping to stay up late enough to enjoy the hours after the office closes. Thankfully, Starbucks is angling to help you get there on September 12 with some free coffee.
The ubiquitous coffee chain is running one of its popular Happy Hours deals on Thursday, offering buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) Frappuccinos and handcrafted espresso drinks size grande or larger after 3pm (local time). The promotion is only redeemable at participating locations across the country, so give 'em a call before you head out if you're not sure whether your local shop is joining in the freebie fun. On the bright side, you can choose any drink in the Frappuccino or espresso drink categories, including the Pumpkin Spice Latte (if you're ready for it now that it's September).
If you're not ready to acknowledge PSL season, there are other decent options with a hint of fall flavor. The chain's often overlooked Salted Caramel Mocha is just as decadent as the PSL, but decidedly less "basic." The chocolaty drink is made with a blend of mocha sauce, toffee nut syrup, espresso, milk, and ice. It's topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and a fancy mix of turbinado sugar and sea salt. See? It's basically the oppose of pumpkin spice. Best of all, you can order it hot, iced, or as a Frappuccino depending on what you're feeling. Hell, you're getting a second drink for free, so by all means try two versions at the same time.
Here's how to get the deal: Download the Starbucks mobile app. When you open your account, the offer will be hanging around the in-app inbox. You do not have to be a rewards member to get the deal, though you do get points toward more free drinks if you're a member, which is nice. Downloading the app and signing up for the rewards program is free, less any personal information you share with the company (no cash exchange, but not totally without cost). You can no longer get the Happy Hour offers via email without the app.
An extra drink is a welcome addition to the Thursday afternoon routine. Plus, you can stockpile some goodwill when you bring a co-worker a free latte. You'll need that goodwill once you finally reveal it was you who ate their leftover fried rice fro the office fridge last week. Sorry.