Every day at Café Fresco a small staff bustles behind the counter brewing coffee and inspiration with handwritten encouragement on its cup sleeves. 31-year-old former nanny, Breanne Zolfo, opened the coffee house six years ago and on a whim, started writing the uplifting messages for customers, “Well, I just hoped that it would, like, add some positive light to their day. Because it’s not everyone gets to experience that in the day,” Zolfo said. Customer reaction was overwhelming — so she took it further by challenging them to perform good deeds for a free cup of joe. Zolfo also said that her favourite message is “Believe There Is Good In The World. Be The Good.”
The challenged good deeds include everything from putting some change in a red kettle campaign kettle, to paying forward a purchased coffee, to feeding the homeless. It doesn’t matter how big or small a gesture they are all rewarded with a free coffee. Breanne estimates she has given out thousands of cups since she began and she doesn’t stop there; even the tip jar is meant for more than her pockets. Recently she took the tips earned and used them to buy groceries for shoppers at a nearby store.
Though her favourite story may be the following; “We had this one person that, he was homeless, and we had bought a bike for him. And he came back two years later after we had purchased the bike for him, and he said, ‘You don’t know how much you’ve changed my life. Like, because you bought me a bike, I got a job, and I got an apartment.’ And see, even talking about him makes me cry,” Zolfo said. “I hope that it’s spread positivity throughout, like, not just this community, but other communities that are around us … and for us to play a small part in a lot of people’s lives is the most amazing feeling,” Zolfo said.
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Story and Image from CBS News.