The Pending Coffee

Written by Karen Gibbs

The Pending Coffee is a brilliant idea and a very easy way for us all to “pay it forward.” I am a coffee lover and believe no-one should miss out on a cup each day! For anyone struggling to live, down on their luck or living on the streets, a simple cup of coffee could mean all the difference and make their day just a little bit better. For the rest of us, to buy one extra cup of coffee isn’t a hard thing to do. Here’s the story of how it all works.

We were in a small coffee shop. Two customers arrive

“5 coffees, two for us, 3 pending”

They pay for 5 and receive 2

“What is a pending Coffee, I ask” “Wait and See”

More customers. Two girls get coffees and pay normally

After a while three friends enter and order 7 coffees,

3 for them and 4 pending.

While we were talking a poor man enters the cafe and asks

“Do you have any pending Coffee?”

and he receives one FREE

This type of charity was born in Napoli (Naples, Italy)

People pay in anticipation for others who can’t pay

and sometimes they even pay for extra meals!

Personally, I’d love for this to catch on everywhere. We can all do our bit by asking our local coffee shop to participate. What do you think of this idea? Please leave me a comment and if you love also the idea, then please SHARE!



About the author

Karen Gibbs

'Empowering Connections' is my thing. Hi there, I'm Karen, a Circle Facilitator, Author and Coach, empowering individuals to feel connected and positively impact the lives of others.
Through my writing, I advocate for those who struggle with depression or anxiety by supporting and serving their families and friends to understand mental health issues better.
My latest book is entitled "Stop The Downward Spiral: Everything the person in your life who struggles with depression wishes you knew."
I published my first book, Scrapbook Creations, in 2002 and won the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business award for my business of the same name.
Helping others to connect and live a happy, faith-infused life is my passion. I gain inspiration daily from God and nature.
From my heart to yours, Karen x

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