Coffee Story 35: Scott in Louisville, CO

Name: Scott A. M. 

Coffee shop, city & beverage enjoyed:  Precision Pours, Louisville, Colorado; 8 oz. half caffeine pour over 

#thisismycoffeestory

Here's a song I played this weekend, which was then reciprocated by a gifted coffee today, which in turn I'm passing along by sharing the video! 

Coffee Story 34: Aimee in Denver

Sometimes the 'story' is simply the excitement of a random act of kindness... 

Name: Aimee G. 

Coffee shop, city, beverage enjoyed: Allegro Coffee Roasters, Denver, CO, cappuccino 

Look at what just happened!!! #thisismycoffeestory @coffeestoriesco

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Coffee Story 33: Chris in Atlanta

Name: Chris A

Coffee shop, city & beverage enjoyed: Dancing Goats Coffee, Atlanta, iced coffee

#thisismycoffeestory

I learned to put up with coffee in college - to gulp down the sour, watery swill they said was coffee. When traveling, I learned to enjoy other shades of coffee - an earthy cup in Costa Rica or sweet shot of espresso in Rome. Those beans told the story of a place -- of the hands who'd roasted them, of the land that fed the bushes, of the culture that crafted these seeds into sustenance. I don't gulp my coffee anymore.

Photo credit: Chris A.

Photo credit: Chris A.

Coffee Stories is on a mission to spark social good and allow community to speak out in creative ways through the act of a gifted coffee from one stranger to another  -- as a result, stories, poems, photos, other random acts of kindness, and anecdotes are shared. This Coffee Stories post was submitted via a receiver of a pay-it-forward coffee. To learn more about the Coffee Stories movement and share coffee kindness in your city or local coffee shop, see the How It Works page here

Coffee Story 32: Barry in North Denver

Name: Barry C.

Coffee shop, city & beverage enjoyed: Tasty garden, Northglenn/Thornton, CO  - green tea

Share a story, poem, anecdote (theme can be whatever you'd like):

Every day above ground is a plus. Honor it. Revel in it. Do not poison it with any kind of negativity. Somebody is way worse off than you, so buck up, fix problems, and enjoy the bumps in your road. Smile and laugh.

Somebody took my blanket today, from the laundromat. I'm at Tasty Garden in Thornton, having a hot tea. Was going to wait for washer in the laundromat in this strip mall to finish, so I can put my comforter in the dryer. Was picking up two comforters from yesterday, too. Someone apparently took one of my comforters! It's not there! Never happened before. I could be angry. It was a gift, was newer than the one they left, and more valuable in dollars. But looking at it, over my tea, I could also assume someone went to pick up the laundry they were told to get, and mistakenly took mine. I laugh about what their partner will say when they find out this mistake. I hope they are good humored about it- I hope ::he:: does the lawn, raises their kids, and barbecues for his family better than he does the laundry. 

Or it could be that someone needed a blanket, and I'm happy they have it. If they'd have asked I'd have given it to them. Why be angry?. Most every one in that laundromat is worse off than me. 

Besides, the blanket they left was the same one my niece and I used to line the whelping pen and the giant wooden box for our 10 beautiful puppies during the last 11 weeks. How many puppy memories are in that blanket? Compared to the one they took? So many more. 

Tea makes me think, and I think two things. 1) Gotta go put my blanket in the dryer and 2) I'm pretty lucky, aren't I? Oh 3rd thing I'm thinking about: Eat at Tasty Garden. This little family works so hard, makes great food, and green tea (like coffee) is good for you. 

So dear Stranger; I've paid for your pot of hot tea. Tell them you read about it on Coffee Stories from Barry, and they'll have a note on the register or wall about it.

Coffee Story 31: Ashlae in Denver

Coffee Stories is on a mission to spark social good and allow community to speak out in creative ways through the act of a gifted coffee from one stranger to another  -- as a result, stories, poems, photos, other random acts of kindness, and anecdotes are shared. The following Coffee Stories post was submitted via a receiver of a pay-it-forward coffee. To learn more about the Coffee Stories movement and share coffee kindness in your city or local coffee shop, see the How It Works page here.   . 

Name: Ashlae                         

 Date: April 1, 2016 

Coffee shop: Novo Coffee 

City: Denver, CO 

Coffee enjoyed: Drip coffee 

Ashlae received her pay-it-forward coffee, shared her #thisismycoffeestory and on top of the joyous moment of strangers doing great deeds for one another she decided to further pay it forward that day by buying someone else a box of donuts from Voodoo Doughnut (Denver location). 

Coffee Story 30: Amy in Mexico

Coffee Stories is on a mission to do social good and allow community to speak out in creative ways through a gifted coffee -- stories, poems, photos, and anecdotes are shared. The following Coffee Stories post was submitted via a receiver of a pay-it-forward coffee. To learn more about the Coffee Stories movement and share coffee kindness in your city or local coffee shop, see the How It Works page here.   . 

Name: Amy                        

 Date: March 24, 2016 

Coffee shop: Café Buen Dia

City: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Coffee enjoyed: Latte 

 

Coffee Story 29: Natalie G. in Denver

This Coffee Stories post was submitted via a receiver of a gifted coffee. Coffee Stories collects and edits for grammatical clarity with the permission of the contributor. To learn more about the Coffee Stories movement and share coffee kindness in your city or local coffee shop, see the How It Works page here.   . 

Name: Natalie G.                       

 Date: March 9, 2016 

Coffee shop: Jubilee Roasting Co. 

City: Aurora, CO (borders with Denver on E. Colfax) 

Coffee enjoyed: cappuccino

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I am a creative writer with a held back tendency and fear of rejection. 
Thanks @coffeestoriesco for the encouraging words today on the table in front of me as I obsessively rewrote my letter of intention. In the midst of missing deadlines, a new job, and trying to be present, I have found sweet solace in venturing away from Denver to have a cappuccino. #thisismycoffeestory

Natalie was also generous enough to share another beautiful #thisismycoffeestory regarding a kind soul she encountered and befriended at her last job. Proof that there is joy, lessons, and kindness in everything -- if we look hard enough, and let it move us. See below. 

 

 

Coffee Story 28: Kate B. in Playa del Carmen

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Name: Kate B.                           Date: February 9, 2016 

Coffee shop: Cafe Orange

City: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Coffee enjoyed: Americano

Theme is [FRIENDSHIP]

1) What is your favorite memory involving friendship? And tell us why this person is important to you. 

Some of my favorite memories have to be the impromptu dance parties at my first apartment. There was always lots of Lady Gaga and lots of funk. A couple of close friends and I would hastily shove all of the Goodwill furniture to one side of the apartment and dance away, spilling our wine in the process. 

 2) If you could say one thing to the world, what would it be? 

Trust in yourself. That was I lesson I was never taught in school or at home, and at 27 I'm just discovering its importance. 


Coffee Story 27: Danielle S. in Seattle

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Name: Danielle S.                         Date: February 8, 2016 

Coffee shop: Starbucks

City: Seattle, Washington, USA

Coffee enjoyed: Mocha Latte 

Theme is [FRIENDSHIP]

1) What is your favorite memory involving friendship? And tell us why this person is important to you. 

My best friend has been a part of my life since we were both three years old, and we're now nearing 30. My favorite memory with her is the time we tried to start a riot in first grade when our teacher left the classroom momentarily. Needless to say, we've been causing trouble together ever since.

 2) If you could say one thing to the world, what would it be? 

I would want to bring acceptance of diversity to both mine and other countries, and to teach people to be more tolerant of those who are different from themselves.  

 

Coffee Story 26: Kari S. in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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Name: Kari S.                                 

 Date: January 13, 2016 

Coffee shop: Ah Cacao! 

City: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Coffee enjoyed: Latte 

Theme is [FRIENDSHIP]

1) Friendships are for ______.  

Friendships are for easing the soul. 

2) What is your favorite memory involving friendship?

One time at a party at my house, my dear friend and at the time roommate Michael made a confession. He told us his guilty pleasure song: Cher's "If I could turn back time." When the party was just breaking up, and guests putting on coats, he cranked it up on his stereo, and we had a huge laugh.

3) Tell us about your best friend and why they are important to you? 

My best friend today is Rob. He inspires me with his work, believes in me, helps me, and always, always, makes me laugh.

4) What drives you to be a better friend? 

My desire for connection and laughter: the need to feel part of something bigger than me.

5) What is something you've always wanted to say to the world? 

When you're going slow, choose the right lane.