Pay Forward Your Coffee & Make A Stranger’s Day

MELBOURNE | If there’s one certainty in Melbourne it’s that we love our coffee – the day hasn’t truly started until we’ve had at least a cup of the good stuff. We’re also a nice bunch of people, and like doing nice things for other people. Well until 8 July 2016 there’s a way to do both. Make A Stranger’s Day is a pay-it-forward campaign focused around fun, connection and kindness.

All you have to do is visit one of the 20 participating cafes between now and 8 July 2016, buy yourself a coffee then pay a flat rate of $5.00 to cover the cost of a stranger’s coffee. The cafe staff will then randomly select a customer to pay-it-forward to; when they go to pay for their own coffee they’re given a friendly ‘with compliments’ surprise.

A sticker is attached to the coffee cup with the donator’s name marked on it. The receiving customer can then choose to join the social conversation and give a shout-out to their new virtual friend via Instagram where the spirit of community for the campaign is already growing strong.

People can support Make a Stranger’s Day by making a stranger’s day at any of the participating cafés (see below) or backing the crowd-funded campaign directly. A dollar from every pledged coffee will also be donated to the participating café’s charity of choice.

Participating Cafes

  • The Treehouse (Balaclava)
  • Matcha Mylkbar (St. Kilda)
  • Il Fornaio (St. Kilda)
  • Patch (Richmond)
  • Clement (South Melbourne Market)
  • Tall Timber (Prahran)
  • Friends of Mine (Richmond)
  • Serotonin Eatery (Burnley)
  • Drugstore Espresso (South Yarra)
  • St. Ali (South Melbourne)
  • Deadman Espresso (South Melbourne)
  • Speak Easy (Chapel Street)
  • Sensory Labs (CBD)
  • The Little Sunflower Cafe (Elwood)
  • Home Juice Bar (Docklands)

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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