Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I own a great little book called Laughter & Latte. The following is the Introduction by Nicole Johnson. She expresses my opinion of a coffee experience.

Coffee is a universal welcome. It is available to all of us, rich or poor. It doesn't matter what country you live in, what language you speak - you can get a cup of coffee without much trouble. I have had a coffee in almost all fifty states and in eleven countries. I have friends who have sipped cups in England and others who have been served coffee sitting in a grass hut in the desert of Oman. The message is always the same: friendship and warmth. You are welcome here.
Coffee is an experience, an offer, a rite of passage, a good excuse to get together. When someone invites you to get coffee, it isn't because they're thirsty. It might be because they are cold, but more than likely it is because they want to spend time with you. Coffee makes a promise.
People who don't even like coffee usually love the smell and the experience. I have friends who don't drink coffee, but they never pass up the opportunity to go to get some. It's the place, the people, and the passion. They will have hot chocolate or a smoothie or some beverage, just to embrace the invitation to get together.
And that is the invitation of this book. We want to spend time with you. We'd like to get together over a cup of cappuccino or a cafe latte and share a few thoughts on friends and fun, family and faith. The way I see it, you don't need an excuse to get together over coffee, but this is one of the best.

Obviously, that has nothing to do with fundraising, but everything to do with coffee.