Free tea & coffee deals

Some supermarkets and high street chains offer up free hot drinks. While some are totally free, others require a little bit of work. We've rounded-up some of the top deals for grabbing a free cuppa below...

Though a free cuppa is a great way to cut down on those little unnecessary costs, for some people a hot drink could really change the course of their day. Why not use your free drink offer to give it to someone more in need – something that will cost you nothing, but a gesture that could mean a lot. Check out our guide on other ways to do good at Christmas.

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  • You can get a totally free barista-made drink when you sign up to the Gail's app (available for free in the App Store or Google Play).

    Once registered, you should find the free drink voucher in the 'Rewards' section of the app. Simply scan your QR code at the till, or it can be redeemed alongside an online order. You'll need to use the voucher within two months of registering (the exact expiry date will be in the app). 

    Barista-made drinks include coffee, tea and hot chocolate, either iced or hot. 

    If you give your date of birth when registering, you'll also get a voucher for your choice of either a croissant, cinnamon bun or pain aux raisins during your birthday month. See our full round-up of Birthday freebies.

    See all deals: Gail's (1 deal)
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  • If you download and sign up to the Greggs app, you can get a totally free regular-sized hot drink (including tea, latte, cappuccino and more) – you don't need to buy anything, this is a total freebie.

    The free hot drink will appear automatically in the 'Wallet' section of the app once signed in, and you'll have 31 days to redeem it in-store.

    If you give Greggs your date of birth when signing up, you'll also get a free sweet treat (such as a doughnut or cupcake) during your birthday month. See our full round-up of Birthday freebies.

    See all deals: Greggs (2 deals)
  • If you sign up for a myWaitrose loyalty card (hit 'Join myWaitrose' after clicking through), you can get a free regular-sized tea or coffee in store every day from the self-serve machine, when you make a purchase and use your own reusable cup. You can choose from americano, cappuccino, latte or tea.

    Some purchases are excluded, such as carrier bags (see 'More info' below for the full list), but a 20p banana should do it if all you're really after is a MoneySaving brew.

    If you haven't got one already, you'll receive your physical myWaitrose loyalty card within five weeks of signing up via the link above. Alternatively, you can download a myWaitrose card via the app (free in the App Store or Google Play).

    Simply walk in with your own reusable cup, make a purchase and swipe your card at the till – you can then go and get your free drink.

    Why do I have to provide my own cup? Waitrose used to hand out disposable coffee cups for this freebie, but in 2018 it stopped this for environmental reasons (see our Waitrose ditches disposable cups MSE News story). For where else you can save with a reusable cup, see MSE Rhiannon's own-cup discounts blog.

    • It's one free drink per member, per day. Offer excludes hot chocolate, mocha and espresso and isn't valid at Costa concessions, petrol filling stations, Shell and Welcome Break. It can't be used with other cafe or hot drink offers, or the cafe loyalty card.

      Qualifying purchases also exclude tobacco, stamps, mobile top ups, e-Top up vouchers, lottery tickets, gift vouchers, cashback, infant milk formulae, car park charges, fuel and delivery charges.

    See all deals: Waitrose (3 deals)
  • When you shop in store at Ikea (find your nearest), you can get a free cup of tea or filter coffee (normally £1) when you swipe an Ikea Family card at the in-store restaurant. Ikea Family is its free loyalty scheme, and you can sign up online or in store.

    You can get the free hot drink Monday to Friday at all stores except Hammersmith, Aberdeen Order & Collection Point and Plan & Order Points. Ikea says you'll only need one Ikea Family card to get free drinks for everyone you're with. Of course, staff may raise an eyebrow if you turn up with a coach-load all wanting the freebie.

    See our Ikea MoneySaving tips for more ways to save at the big blue and yellow store.

    See all deals: Ikea (3 deals)
  • While this isn't a freebie, we still think £1 for a barista-made drink at a big coffee chain is a good deal worth sharing. If you're a Three pay monthly or pay-as-you-go mobile customer, download the Three+ app (free at the App store or Google Play) to get a barista-made hot or cold drink for £1 at Caffè Nero (find your nearest).

    You can claim the £1 drink once a week on any day of the week, from café opening to close – see 'More info' below for the full list of included beverages. There's no minimum spend and this applies to any size hot or cold drink prepared by a barista (excludes bottled drinks, cartons and cans).

    To get your caffeine fix for a quid, you'll need to go to the Three+ app and select the offer. This will display a QR code which you can then show at the till. A new code will be generated each week.

    While prices of drinks vary on the Caffè Nero menu, some can cost up to £4.15 (for example, a frappe with cream and marshmallows), so you could save up to £3.15 with this deal. 

    You can't use the Caffè Nero rewards app when claiming this drink. The deal isn't valid for click and collect or delivery, and it can't be used alongside any other offer.

    • Included drinks are:

      • Coffee: latte, cappuccino, americano, flat white, espresso, cortado, iced latte, iced cappuccino, mocha, iced flat white, iced pistachio latte, frappe crème (including any seasonal varieties and all types of milk and syrups)
      • Hot chocolate
      • Teas and iced teas
      • Fruit boosters
    See all deals: Caffè Nero (1 deal)