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How to get FREE tea & coffee (the ultimate guide)

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If there's one thing us Brits know, it's that a cup of tea makes everything a little bit better. That's why a free cup of tea (or coffee!) is such a popular freebie and one that people come back to time and time again.

We've hunted out all the top places to score yourself a free brew, so settle in and prepare for the ultimate free tea & coffee list.

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Blue mug of tea on a desk

Why do places give away free tea or coffee?

It may seem a bit too good to be true, picking up a tea or coffee for free. But companies have good reason for doing so!

1) To introduce you to their product

Companies want you to try out and love with their brand of tea/coffee, in the hope that if you like it, you'll buy it again in the future.

Most people will try anything that's free, so sampling free tea and coffee is a great way for brands to introduce new customers to their product.

As there are so many different tea companies, coffee shops, and brands out there, companies need to think of ways outside the box to get you to try out their brand over someone else's.

2) To make you loyal to their shop

If a supermarket gives away free tea or coffee, you will be more likely to want to do your shopping there. By offering free tea and coffee as a perk, they are enticing you to want to spend your money at their store, as there's something extra in there for you.

Make the most of your supermarket shopping and claim your free cups of tea - you deserve it!

How can I get free tea or coffee?

Free teabag samples from Twinings, Redbush, Taylors & Tea India

The method for getting free tea or coffee varies from place to place, but one common way is through signing up to loyalty cards.

Waitrose, John Lewis, IKEA and others all have free tea and coffee as a membership loyalty bonus. Just sign up for the card and you're free to collect your tea and coffee as you wish.

Keep reading to discover all the places in the UK you can score yourself a free hot drink!

Coffee chains such as Starbucks & Costa, and chain restaurants like Giraffe, often announce free drink giveaways on their social media pages.

Give your favourites a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye out for their posts.

Tea companies, like Twinings, Birchall & Redbush, regularly send out free samples of their teabags, so that you can test out the flavour before you buy.

Check out all the free tea samples available now.

Where can I get free tea or coffee now?

All this talk of tea has got my mouth watering, so without further ado, here is the ultimate list of where in the UK you can bag yourself a free hot drink:

Free tea or coffee in a reusable cup, with a myWaitrose card and newspaper

Credit: Waitrose

Waitrose

Sign yourself up for the myWaitrose loyalty scheme and you'll be sent your very own card to start getting your free hot drinks.

This one does require you to make a purchase instore in order to be given a cup, but there is no price limit on what you need to purchase.

You can choose from tea, americano, latte, cappuccino or even hot chocolate - it's up to you.

Get going today and sign up for your free Waitrose hot drink now.

John Lewis

This freebie is doubly exciting, as not only do you get a free hot drink, you also get a free slice of cake. YUM.

Register for the My John Lewis membership programme and at least three times a year you'll receive a voucher for a free hot drink & cake in a John Lewis cafe. Perfect post-shopping fuel...

My John Lewis helps you make the most of your shopping as you collect point, gain rewards and surprise treats.

Get your My John Lewis card within 2 weeks by signing up today.

IKEA

Family favourite homeware store, IKEA, have got in on the free hot drink fun. Become a member of the IKEA Family and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee whenever you visit the store during the week.

We've all experienced the stress of a visit to IKEA, so a freebie cuppa will be the perfect way to help you take on the challenge. Plus, as an IKEA Family Member, you'll enjoy lots of extra benefits, including discounted family rates, an extra 10% off sale items, free product insurance and more.

Why not sign up for free today?

PAUL

This one is a good'un. Claim a large coffee, tea or hot chocolate AND a croissant or pain au chocolat for free, just by picking up and registering a PAUL loyalty card online.

If you've never had a breakfast from PAUL, then you're in for a treat. Kickstart your morning the right way and enjoy a delicious Parisian Breakfast for free at any PAUL store before midday.

Greggs

Everyone's favourite snack spot on the high street is also a great place to nab a free hot drink. Sign up for the Greggs Rewards App and claim a free Welcome Hot Drink - delicious!

The app is very user-friendly, so even the less tech-savvy of you will be able to claim yours. Download and register yourself an account and swipe across to the rewards section to find your free hot drink.

Free Greggs coffee with pastry in the background

Credit: The Mirror

Booths

If you live in the North-West, you can score yourself a free regular hot drink instore at Booths. The perfect post-shopping refreshment!

Keep track of your spending with electronic receipts, enjoy discounted Afternoon Tea for Two and receive weekend newspaper discounts, as well as your free tea or coffee. Pick up a temporary card in store today to get started.

Benugo

One for the Londoners, claim yourself a free coffee at Benugo by signing up for their newsletter.

Benugo have cafes and restaurants in some of London's most beautiful spots, including Regent's Park, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum. Why not sign up for the next time that you're in the Big Smoke?

Top tip: your free coffee voucher is only valid for a month from the date applied for so keep that in mind when planning your next trip!

Costa (Wuntu)

If you're with Three, you'll probably already know about all the great freebies and extra benefits you can get with their rewards app, Wuntu.

Wuntu often team up with Costa to offer their users a free hot drink, so keep an eye on your app for the next one.

Caffè Nero  (O2 Priority)

O2 Priority customers will know what the joy of Tuesday brings.

If you're with O2 you can score yourself a free hot drink at Caffè Nero every Tuesday, plus collect loyalty Nero stamps as you go.

The perfect mid-week pick-me-up!

So there you have it, all the ways and places you can score yourself a free cup of tea. Do you know of any others that I've missed off? Let me know and spread the word!