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 lives in Queensland, Australia and lives her life motivating and inspiring others through her writings and blog posts. She takes great pleasure in writing, creating and designing these posts 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. After a lengthy break due to family illness Karen is now putting her writing and creative skills into her passion of making a difference in the lives of others. Karen gains much inspiration from lessons learned while spending time outdoors with her horse JayLuka.
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