Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cup 17

Today’s mission of goodwill was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071, on this last day of 2012. It took some time to navigate holiday traffic as the coffee shop is adjacent to one of the largest shopping outlets in the universe. I was happy to wait as I had plenty of time on my hands as evidenced by the homemade soup perking in the Crock-Pot at home. I love to make soup when I have time. Especially vacation time.

As I pulled into the drive-thru I considered ordering a sandwich to go with my small cup of decaf. I was tempted to get a light lunch, knowing that my lentil soup was still hours from ready, but then decided against. Just the thought of homemade soup seemed worth the wait.  It would be just one small cup of  coffee to go.

The barista looked new, or at least new to me. She was efficient and happy to swipe my iPhone app twice to pay for order in the white sedan behind me. Before charging me for the patron in my rear-view, she double checked: “Um…the other person ordered a coffee and a sandwich. It’s going to be $7.20. Do you want to get just the coffee?” I told her not to bother, and just ring up the total. As I sipped my tall decaf and watched a few snowflakes fall softly,  I had to smile.  I guess I got that sandwich after all.

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Cup 16

Cup 16Today’s Cup 16 was attempted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. Given that it was the weekend, and I had plenty of time on my hands, I decided to forgo the typical drive-thru routine and go into the coffee shop. This local Starbucks was full, and the drive-thru was packed, so today’s mission of goodwill seemed like a sure thing. I was certain that I could find a patron just waiting for a free cup of kindness. A gift of hot coffee. Well, not so.

The barista behind the espresso machine was taking his time, chatting with customers and appeared to enjoy pulling one shot after another. As I waited, I just knew someone was bound to show up. I waited. And waited. And waited.

Finally, my coffee arrived on the counter. The barista yelled: “One decaf soy latte.” As I grabbed my coffee off the bar and walked away, I had to chuckle just a little bit. Instead of thinking of today as a flubbed attempt at Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Kindness, I considered it a lesson learned. An opportunity to laugh a little.  Today’s Cup 16 was perhaps the best poorly implemented goodwill coffee gesture ever. As consolation, I did catch a cute photo of the artfully displayed holiday  teas.  Tomorrow, it’s back to the drive-thru. Fully caffeinated, for sure.

Cup 15

Cup 15Today’s Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Kindness transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. In the midst of running daily errands, still enjoying Christmas vacation, I conveniently made my way into the drive-thru.

As a creature of habit, I ordered a decaf soy latte and splurged on a Snowman cookie. The Subaru Outback in my rear-view mirror looked sporty. I imagined the couple behind me might be heading up the mountain. Perhaps to snowshoe, snowboard, or ski. Everyone loves a Subaru when heading up into the snow.

The barista was new. Really new. He seemed a bit flustered as my iPhone app didn’t work with the first swipe, and was thrown for a loop when I asked to pay for the patrons behind me. He said: “Oh, OK, it’s going to be like three-something.” I smiled, waited patiently and let him manage to ring up the order.

It was yet another successful day in the project, albeit unspectacular. I sipped my latte and munched the cookie. The Snowman’s top hat is always the first to go. And by the way, Mr. Barista, that three-something total? I made note of it on the receipt. Here’s wishing you a very Merry 5th day of Christmas.

Cup 14

Cup 14Today’s cup of generosity was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97071. There was nothing out of the ordinary for the daily transaction, save for the barista’s unfortunate mistake of giving me an iced soy latte.  ‘Twas a slight fail, only because I was looking forward to a hot cup of coffee to cope with the 39° temperature.  The barista was more than apologetic and quickly rung up my new transaction as I paid for the vehicle behind me, at an $8.20 price tag.

As I drove off, there was a feeling of satisfaction for another successful day in the project of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. I happily sipped my hot latte and then noticed the day’s lucky patron pull up alongside me, merging toward the busy freeway. To the driver in that big GMC Yukon with local Salmon plates, I know you didn’t notice, but I gave you a nod and raised my red cup. Merry 4th day of Christmas.

Cup 13

Today’s Cup of Kindness was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon, and an enjoyable drive to the local coffee shop during a blissful day off from work. I took those few thankful moments to savor the holiday season. The third day of Christmas.

As I pulled into the drive-thru, it didn’t take but a couple of minutes for the unsuspecting patron to pull up behind me in local plates: 655 EMT. I only noticed because the car was stunning. The jet black Ford Mustang was really, really cool. Just like those Venti Mocha Frappuccinos that rang up to eight dollars and fifty cents. Another coffee mission accomplished. In the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Kindness. It’s enough to make a girl smile.

Cup 12

Cup 12Today’s Cup 12 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97301. The drive-thru line was full given that it was  day after Christmas, and a weekday. Traffic was flowing and the hustle and bustle abounded. The  mom in the Toyota mini-van behind me was no exception. The car was full of kids as the Christmas vacation has barely gotten underway. I imagined she really needed that $4.51 transaction. A Venti holiday latte with a few fancy extra flavors.

As I pulled forward in line, the young enthusiastic barista greeted me with a smile. I paid for my soy latte, and then asked him to ring up the minivan’s order behind me. He quickly replied, with an “Awesome. Let’s see if we can keep it going today!” I had to chuckle to myself at his  teenage ability to take the ubiquitous awesome and punctuate the air with a four-syllable holler into the form of aw-uh-suh-um, raucously belted out into the drive-thru window. It was a great transaction. Once again, Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Kindness. I imagine that busy minivan mom really needed it. Like a double shot of espresso.

Cup 11

Cup 11Today is Christmas, a glorious holiday meant to be spent with loved ones. Unlike my typical Starbucks-themed posts,  today’s Cup 11 is being sent to everyone from home. Think of today’s Cup 11 as a full serving of love and kindness, going out as a wish into the world. This cup is a Christmas blessing to everyone; instead of just one skinny latte or Peppermint Mocha chosen for the day’s random recipient.  May love and peace fill your heart, wherever you are.  So here’s to Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope, in  all our actions and in tomorrow’s hot cup of coffee, of course. Season’s Greetings.

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