National Gourmet Coffee Day

Photo by Nathan Dumlao

So, go ahead and splurge on your favorite. Snag that caramel macchiato with coconut milk or an iced signature latte with cake batter flavor.

If you’re grabbing your coffee at a take-out, here’s Thrillist’s latest list of the best:

The Midwest go-to spot, Culver’s got first place with its Blue Spoon Blend coffee. 2nd place went to Chick-fil-A with its sustainably sourced beans from Thrive Farms. McDonald’s slides into the Top 3 with its McCafé coffees. Wendy’s comes in 4th, and the Top 5 gets rounded out by Sonic, which serves Green Mountain Coffee.

Of course, there are lots of “best of” lists out there.’s list gives Starbucks the top spot, followed closely by Dunkin Donuts. McDonald’s still holds 3rd place, with its hot and iced mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, and regular coffee.

Personally, I am not into coffee, tea, or soft drinks, though that may sound downright un-American. I don’t even like coffee as a flavor in desserts, ice cream, candy, or liquor. That said, it is the All-American beverage, so I encourage all coffee fans to celebrate this day with their personal favorite gourmet coffee.


“Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and as sweet as love.”

— Turkish proverb

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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