FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2014) – Bennett’s Fresh Roast wants to give parents a boost to the start of the school year with free coffee.

Beginning Sept. 1, both Bennett’s locations will offer a free 12-ounce cup of coffee with the purchase of a doughnut on weekdays.

“Parents have been entertaining their young ones all summer long, so we wanted to do something nice for them as the kids head back to school,” said Bennett’s owner Bob Grissinger, former local morning disc jockey C. David Bennett. “All summer, we gave kids a free doughnut when they read a book at our shops, so now it’s the parents’ turn to enjoy a free, fresh roasted cup of coffee with one of our made-from-scratch doughnuts.”

The offer is available during regular business hours Monday through Friday while supplies last until Sept. 30 and includes one complimentary cup of coffee per customer, per weekday.

To date, Bennett’s seventh annual summer reading program that ends Sept. 1, has provided more than 1,500 school-aged children a complimentary fresh doughnut for reading a book at either their downtown Fort Myers or Sanibel Island location.

Bennett’s Fresh Roast has prided itself on its fresh-from-scratch doughnuts made daily and being the only Southwest Florida doughnut shop to serve fresh roasted coffee from the finest beans resulting in the most flavorful and freshest cup of coffee around. For the past six years, the Bennett’s team has been known for unveiling delicious new doughnut concoctions from flavors including maple bacon, pumpkin spice, maple toffee crunch, s’mores and more. The shop has also become known for surprising offerings like its limited sale (which sold out) of Kopi Luwak coffee, often called “cat-poo coffee” after the prized bean from Indonesia that’s eaten by wild civets, passed through the animal’s digestive tract, and then collected and processed for brewing.

In addition to fresh roasted coffee and hand-cut-from-scratch doughnuts, Bennett’s also offers fresh desserts from Grissinger’s own recipe book including praline bread pudding, lemon bars and pies, giving area residents an alternative for afternoon treats. Bennett’s also features packaged whole bean or ground coffees, breakfast muffins, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches. On the weekends, Bennett’s Strata (a layered baked breakfast dish) is a regular sellout. Tea lovers can choose from a large variety of Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

Lunch offerings including paninis, soups, sandwiches, three signature salads and Bennett’s ‘Chicken & Donut’ and ‘Donut Dog’ are available Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bennett’s has two locations in Southwest Florida, one in downtown Fort Myers and one on Sanibel Island. Both are open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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