Show you have a social conscience

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How to Impress a Barista

For a few months there was a homeless man spending his days in the centre where I work. His name was Jamie, and all the locals recognised him. Sometimes customers would pay for a coffee or food for him. When this happened, my respect for that generous person went up 200%.

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Cafe generousity is becoming a big thing. One example is the idea of “pending coffee”, which began in the small town of Naples over ten years ago and has since spread worldwide. The concept is simple- when purchasing a coffee for yourself, you can also pay for a coffee (or a number of coffees) in advance to be given to those who cannot afford it themselves. Those in need an come in throughout the day and ask if any coffees are pending, and if so, they receive a coffee.

This is generousity at its finest. The giver has no idea…

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