Frequently Asked Questions

How is this project best described to others? 

Hinging on gifted coffees from one citizen to another, Coffee Stories is an altruistic storytelling project viewing the world through fellow coffee shop goers' narratives. "Give a coffee, unlock a story."    (Want to know more about how it works and give a coffee to a stranger? Read the Give a Coffee section.) 

What has served as inspiration for this movement? 

Reviving an Italian tradition - caffè sospeso - a charitable act of donating a "suspended coffee" to a stranger, Coffee Stories is taking this practice to new heights as we get to know and understand our neighbors and fellow community via their lens of the world and their 'coffee stories.' 

With each received coffee, our new coffee friends are encouraged to share their thoughts or creative ideas, e.g. s story, writing samples, photo, poem, drawing, or anything that speaks to them -- these collected stories will be published to

Who are we? 

We're community of coffee lovers and goodwill ambassadors, who view the opportunity to make a difference in someone's day a priority, as well as relish in learning about how others view the world around us. Join us in bringing Coffee Stories to your city and local coffee shop, and maybe you'll be the next to receive a coffee story!  

Where did the idea for this nouveau coffee-telling project come from? 

A coffee shop! In particular that moment when the caffeine permeates your mind and makes you ponder life questions and how we all relate to one another. The first Coffee Stories 'For: You' card was left for a stranger in Denver, Colorado in June 2015. Coffee is powerful, social, communal, and we believe provides an opportunity for humanity to get closer to each other.

Who is gifted these 'Coffee Stories coffees'? 

Could be anyone! The university student cramming late at night, the mail(wo)man, the part-time massage therapist on their way to work, the 38 year old father of two on his lunch break from the nearby construction site, or YOU. Coffee has no biases, and these coffees are meant for everyone. 

If you'd like to join the coffee stories community and give a coffee, follow instructions here

How can I get in touch with the Founder for press inquiries? 

 We love sharing our story! Contact

Where is Coffee Stories found on social media?

Follow newly posted coffee stories on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter; also get involved by tagging your gifted or received coffee experiences with #thisismycoffeestory for re-grams and reposting of your gifted or received coffees. 

Where may I sign up for a newsletter? 

Thanks for your interest; Lauren will respectfully inform you regarding the latest coffee stories, updates, and will never sell your email address to 3rd parties. 

Where have Coffee Stories coffees been given thus far? 

All over the world! Check out the map page.

Terms & Conditions

Be kind to one another. 

“Coffee is far more than a beverage. It is an invitation to life, disguised as a cup of warm liquid. It's a trumpet wakeup call or a gentle rousing hand on your shoulder ... Coffee is an experience, an offer, a rite of passage, a good excuse to get together." ― Nichole Johnson