KINDESS: Mark Hackett, Sharlotte Heywood and Judy Hackett of Toast Espresso stand below the wall of coffees waiting for someone in need to collect on the free offer. Photo: Matthew Elkerton
KINDESS: Mark Hackett, Sharlotte Heywood and Judy Hackett of Toast Espresso stand below the wall of coffees waiting for someone in need to collect on the free offer. Photo: Matthew Elkerton

Suspended coffee donation comes from 1000km away

TOAST Espresso owner Judy Hackett has been inundated with customers willing to donate a suspended coffee to those in need, but it is the latest effort which has travelled more than 1000km which has her smiling the most.

A random stranger in Broken Hill who read The Daily Examiner's recent story on Toast Espresso implementing the 'suspended coffee' system decided she would post a cheque with her own donation to the wall of coffees along with handy vouchers to display.

"This one is from Broken Hill, so that is a long way away to be sending in a coffee," Mrs Hackett said. "The lady has even done up some vouchers to put up on the wall and they are designed as a coffee cup which is cute.

"It is really cool, I am really glad we have been pushed to get on with the suspended coffee system because it is something we have been thinking about for quite some time."

Mrs Hackett said the "coffees on the wall" were not just available to people with financial hardship but those who just need a random act of kindness to pick them up.

"Some people think it is a charity thing but it is really just a random act of kindness," she said.

"So if someone is feeling a bit down, or their kids have been driving them nuts or they left their wallet at home or they just don't have enough to justify buying a coffee it is just an opportunity to sit down and relax or take a coffee to the river and just have a bit of a moment and feel a bit of love that has been handed out by someone they don't know." Since starting up the system at their Grafton cafe, on the back of a push from customers wanting to donate a coffee, the Hackett's have had many people willing to buy an extra cup.

"People are so keen to donate," Mrs Hackett said. "We have had notes on the table just explaining the concept and how people can be involved, but people are already pretty good at random acts of kindness in Grafton anyway."

With the success of the system in the Grafton cafe, the Hacketts will soon implement it at their Yamba shop.



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