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How to Get FREE Coffee at Costa, McDonald’s, Pret, Café Nero & More!

In the UK, people drink approximately 95 million cups of coffee per day. On average, people consume around 2 cups of coffee per day. Consumption varies by age. Millennials drink 1.3 cups, Generation X take 2.1 cups and baby boomers, 2.2 cups.

Being a coffee connoisseur myself, I never leave home before making a cappuccino. Once I take the first sip, I am ready to face the busy day ahead. Did you know there’s many places in the UK where you can get free coffee? in this blog post I list them all…

Costa Coffee…

Costa Coffee is one of the fastest-growing coffee chains in the UK. Founded in 1971 by two brothers, the coffeehouse chain has 2,121 UK restaurants and over 6,000 Costa Express vending outlets. They also have an additional 1,280 facilities, with 460 in China.

To get your free Costa Coffee, you need to be a member of the Costa Coffee Club. It’s free to join and takes less than 3 minutes. To join the club, visit the Costa Coffee Club webpage. Click ‘Register’ Before proceeding, Costa Coffee will require you to confirm if you picked your card in-store. If you did, click ‘Yes’.

The webpage will prompt you to enter your card number. The card number is on the back of the card. Every time you spend £1, you get 5 points. Costa Coffee offers exclusive bonus offers to club members. If you download the Costa Coffee app, you can get up to 100 points. Enter a friend’s referral code and get a bonus of 200 points after your first purchase.

Once you accumulate 300 points equivalent to £3, you can buy any coffee or drink on the Costa Coffee menu. If you don’t have a card, you can still join the club and collect points. Just download the Costa Coffee app.


There are 1,300 McDonald restaurants in operation in the UK, and you can get a free hot drink worth between 99p – £1.79. Available choices include:

  • White coffee
  • Tea
  • Black coffee
  • Flat white
  • Toffee latte
  • Hot chocolate
  • Cappuccino

To claim your free McDonald’s hot drink, here is what you need to do. Download the My McDonald app from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Order your first McCafé hot drink via the app.

Alternatively, you can scan your QR code at the counter, Drive-Thru or ordering screen. Once you do so, McDonald’s app will automatically reward you with a free stamp for every hot drink you purchase. After collecting 5 stamps and a voucher, your complimentary hot drink will appear in the deals sections.

To redeem the free hot drink, visit the deals section in your My McDonald’s app. Add it to your order or scan the QR code at the Drive-Thru, counter or ordering screen to redeem the drink. You can also get a free hot drink in-store at McDonald’s.

All you’ve to do is buy six hot drinks, peel off the loyalty card once the cup is empty and place your first sticker on the card. Once your loyalty card is full with six stickers, redeem your free hot drink.

Pret A Manger…

Pret A Manger has a policy called ‘random acts of kindness’ Thanks to this policy, every Pret A Manger branch has a budget that entitles it to give away free coffee and even food to loyal customers. In 2020, Pret A Manger launched a subscription service. It allows users to get up to five drinks a day for a month.

To sign-up, visit the Pret Coffee subscription webpage. Click ‘Get Started’ followed by ‘Create An Account’ Enter your details that include:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Password

Click ‘Create Account’ to submit the form.

Pret A Manager will charge you £20 a month with your first free month. As a member, you can enjoy endless frappes, teas, hot chocolates and organic coffees. You can order Pret A Manger Barista brewed drinks, including extra shots, milk alternatives and syrups.

Scan your QR code at the till to redeem your free drink. Pret A Manger allows you to redeem up to 5 drinks a day with a minimum of 30 minutes between redemptions.

Café Nero…

The Café Nero mobile app is the quickest way to getting your free coffee. Available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, the app allows you to collect stamps and pay securely. Just download the app to your smartphone, link your credit or debit card for speedy and secure payment.

Every time you purchase drinks at Café Nero, you collect stamps. You can pick up a:

  • Cappuccino
  • Latte
  • Iced Americano
  • Espresso
  • Americano
  • Mocha
  • Tea
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cortado
  • Flat White

All other drinks and extras you add to your order are not included in the offer. You must have the latest app. If you’re unable to see Click & Collect on your smartphone screen, update to the newest version. Select your local Café Nero store plus the items you wish to purchase.

When your order is ready to collect, you’ll receive a notification. Café Nero has a designated area where your coffee and other items will be waiting for you.


Join IKEA Family and get your free tea or filtered coffee every Monday to Friday. The club is open to everyone – from customers who need a hand to those whose homes are their passion. As a member, you’ll receive discounts on several products. You’ll also get free Oops assurance, have access to inspirational workshops, and lots more.

To get your complimentary hot drink, become a member of the IKEA Family. It’s easy. Click here to access the application form and enter the following details:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Mobile number
  • Birthdate
  • Address
  • Postcode
  • City
  • Preferred Store
  • Email

Click ‘Create Profile’ and that’s it. As a member, you’ll receive an IKEA Family card which you can use to redeem your free coffee or tea. You only get one drink per visit.

Jack’s Beans Coffee Company…

Download the Jack’s Beans Coffee Company app and get a free coffee. Sign-up, go in-store and grab yourself a free coffee or even a cheeky hot chocolate. The normal retail price for coffee is £2, and you’ve the choice of:

  • Americano
  • Latte
  • White Coffee
  • Mocha
  • Cappuccino
  • Hot Chocolate

Jack’s Coffee has more than 400 stores across the UK. To find the next Jack’s, use the app locator tool. Jack’s will reward you with a free coffee after you purchase nine drinks. Besides rewarding you with complimentary coffee, the company allows you to collect loyalty stamps. You can redeem for rewards and discounts.

Final Thoughts

The leading coffee chains and outlets in the UK, such as Café Nero, Jack’s, and Costa Coffee, all want your business. Even organisations such as IKEA and McDonald’s. As such, they offer incentives such as free coffee, tea and hot chocolate for you to remain a customer or become a customer. To get your free coffee, just download their apps, register and claim your free coffee. It’s that easy!