Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cup 99

coffee cupToday’s Cup 99 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97062. After a wonderful Easter holiday with family, my trusty co-pilot and I passed by the coffee shop for two iced teas. The friendly barista seemed a bit surprised we asked to pay for the next order, but quickly rang up the $6.20 gift for the unsuspecting patron in our rear-view.   Though we’re not sure what the order was, we can assuredly say it was offered in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.  I hope their Easter day was filled with blessings and the promise of love and hope. So, until tomorrow, and that 100th Cup of Kindness. Happy Easter.


Cup 98

Today’s Cup 98 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97071. With the barista’s quick double swipe of my iPhone app, the driver of a white Audi received a $3.90 free cup of kindness. I drove off with my soy latte, and once again, felt the satisfaction of another day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow.

Cup 97

Cup 97Today’s Cup 97 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. The $6.20 double order went out to folks in a sporty red Jeep Wrangler. It was the type of vehicle I would drive if I needed big tires and was willing to forfeit the pursuit of reputable fuel economy.

As the barista rang up my soy latte, he inquired about my day and shared with me that today was his last day at the store. He mentioned he’s moving to Portland. I made an irreverent, yet loving, wise-crack about Portland which made him laugh. I do love Portland. I love that Portlanders wear the weirdness badge proudly. It’s so Pacific Northwest. So urban Oregon. Like hand-sewn reusable shopping bags, vegan dog biscuits, and VooDoo Donuts. It’s what we do…just like paying it forward. So here’s to another northwest gift of goodwill, in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. May you be blessed with a gorgeous place to live and a double shot of kindness in your heart. Until tomorrow.

Photo Credit: If you are the photographer of this beautiful Portland photo, please contact me. If it’s yours, I will ask permission and/or note appropriate credit. And…for your trouble, I would love to treat to you to a free cup. Perhaps you’ll be Cup 98?

Cup 96

Today’s Cup 96 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. Under the beautiful spring skies of 60°, the Snowman Cookie Barista greeted me and happily rang up my soy latte. As I paid $4.40 for the patron in the white Acura, the barista  said: “Oh, she’s a regular, and is going to love the free coffee!” As she handed over my coffee, I also heard a friendly shout out from Mack, the Cup 8 Texas Barista. I grabbed my coffee and yelled out happy Spring Break wishes to everyone at the window.

As I drove off, with a hot latte and a car full of sunshine, I smiled over another day in the mission. It was day ninety-six in a string of three hundred and sixty-five days toward Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.  Cheers. Until tomorrow.

Cup 95

Cup 95Today’s Cup 95 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97303. Since no one queued up behind me in the drive-thru, I left $5.00 with the barista. As he rang up my soy latte, the perky Snowman Cookie Barista shouted out an enthusiastic hello and reminded the other barista that she is known in my blog by name. He laughed a bit,  and then took a moment to think about his response after I asked him what he would like to use for his barista name. He replied: “Oh, how about Cranberry Bliss.”

After a quick sip of my latte, he must have noticed my quizzical look, and repeated the name again. I reminded him that once he became Cranberry Bliss, he would go down in the annals of Cup of Kindness blog history–ad infinitum. He smiled and said: “Yep, I’m sure, it’s Cranberry Bliss.” So it was another pass thru, with an unknown patron for the $5.00 cup of goodwill, but two quirky baristas who made me laugh. It was a good day. So here’s to more Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope, and then some.

Cup 94

Cup 94Today’s Cup 94 was swiftly transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. The barista rang up my soy latte and two coffees for the patrons in the big GMC with Washington license plates. As the SUV drove off, heading south on the interstate, I hoped they enjoyed the $4.40 surprise. As they clearly headed in the opposite direction of Washington, I wished them safe travel. With those two hot cups of coffee and a wish of goodwill, I hoped their day was filled with  the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 93

Today’s Cup 93 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97062. By the look and reaction of the efficient, yet friendly barista, it was clear that paying-it-forward is not standard modus operandi in Tualatin, Oregon. For that unsuspecting patron in the grey Saturn sedan, I hope the $4.40 cup of kindness was a welcome surprise. Cheers to another day in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

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