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When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the U.S. early this spring, we saw a ton of freebies and perks for first responders.

Now, as the holiday season is upon us and frontline workers are in the midst of another big wave of COVID-19 infections, Starbucks is saying thanks again, by keeping them caffeinated.

If you’re a frontline responder or a worker in the healthcare community, this one’s for you. Here’s what you need to know:


COVID-19 responders get a free tall coffee Dec. 1 – 31.

Any Starbucks customer who identifies as a frontline responder to COVID-19 will receive a tall brewed coffee — iced or hot — for free.

Eligible customers include:

  • Doctors & nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Public health workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Firefighters & police officers
  • Dispatchers
  • Dental workers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Hospital support staff
  • Active-duty military


The offer is for in-store orders only.

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Although Starbucks has a number of ways to order coffee — Starbucks.com, the Starbucks app, third-party delivery services, etc. — this offer only works for qualifying customers who identify themselves when ordering at the counter in store.



If you’re not a frontline worker, you can still get some Starbucks freebies.

Starbucks changed their Rewards program last year, and you earn Stars with every purchase. Every $25 you spend will get you a brewed hot coffee, a bakery item, or hot tea.

Learn all about the new Starbucks Rewards program.


Starbucks has given away more than 2 million cups of coffee during COVID.

They’ve also given away 300,000 care packages, coffee, and Starbucks gift cards to local hospitals, among other donations.

The Starbucks Foundation has donated more than $1 million to pay for personal protective equipment and other essential medical items, as well as mental health resources for first responders and healthcare workers.


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