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

Karen is a grief and loss mentor residing in Queensland, Australia. She spends her time motivating and inspiring others through her writings and blog posts which she takes great pleasure in creating and designing each day.
Karen published her first book, Scrapbook Creations, in 2002 and won the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business award for her business of the same name. In 2015 Karen was a contributing author to the #1 best seller "365 Ways to Connect with your Soul." Karen is currently writing a book entitled "Stop The Downward Spiral" - An essential guide to healing and is "Everything the depressed person in your life needs you to know." She continues to put her writing and creative skills into her passion of making a difference in the lives of others and gains inspiration while outdoors with her horse Romey....
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