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Serving HOPE through one cup of coffee at a time

Updated on October 12, 2016

The Coffee Shop

There is a little square shack that has a view of the Bayside. On the outside, the wood is stripped and dark and looks very bleak.

There are two elongated windows, with stir sticks in stripes of red and white beaming through, beckoning one to draw closer.

A pungent aroma fills the cobblestone street, its thick vibe caressing the air in waves of intrigue. The doorway is narrow, but the room is large.

Inside. a wall-length bar fills one end of the shop, a glass dome saturated with homemade scones, cookies the size of your hand, and other treats that dip well with Coffee.

This is the perfect, quaint Coffee shop. One that beckons you to thrive in. One that calls you from the street.

It permeates your nostrils in the street, screaming: "Come to me! I have Coffee!"

The bar is long, and the stainless steel contraptions behind beam with the beating and grinding of freshly ground Coffee beans.You have a large selection, but it is all a blessing.

It is shops like these that call you in, then pull you out to explore the world with a cup in your hand, meandering side by side with your loved ones and friends.

Coffee brings people closer together.

Coffee beckons you closer, meandering arm and arm with your loved ones, relishing long strolls, reminiscing.
Coffee beckons you closer, meandering arm and arm with your loved ones, relishing long strolls, reminiscing. | Source

My father was an over the road truck driver for years. The time span between my parent's "time" together always revolved around one thing which they still have in common: Coffee. Dad could be thousands of miles away while talking on the phone with mom and yet they would share a cup of coffee together. They did that for many years in the course of their marriage.

Now that dad is retired, my parent's still share the cup of goodness at various times of the day together at the table. It has become their way of spending time together.

Every family gathering, every special moment always revolved around freshly ground coffee; the aroma permeating the kitchen out to the porches.

Coffee seems to have more than special moments going for it, since Scientific evidence makes it clear there are benefits to drinking it. A cup of coffee in the morning packs more than just an energy boost. The health benefits are many but a couple are: it helps prevent diabetes and lowers risk of liver disease. That is pretty impressive coming from a black drink derived from pungent smelling beans.

At nursing facilities, if you carefully watch the elderly residents there, you see couples sharing coffee together first thing in the morning. Certain couples have a set time in the afternoon when they come to the kitchen and request a cup, sitting by the window in silence just to enjoy their coffee.

I find that quite compelling as I worked at a nursing facility for years and had the privilege of seeing this on a daily basis.

Coffee brings people closer together, and improves health. Not only did I witness this, but Science backs it up.

A Harvard Gazette article written September 28, 2015 highlighted studies by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers illustrating the positive effects of coffee. It stated that with one study, led by: Alberto Ascherio, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, showed drinking four or five cups of coffee daily cut the risk of Parkinson’s disease in half compared to drinking little or no caffeine.

Coffee is proven to fight Diabetes and some types of Cancer such as: Colo-rectal, and promotes better energy levels and thinking.

It also has Riboflavin and Magnesium, essential nutrients our bodies actually need.

My whole childhood, I witnessed the beauty and blessing of the gift Coffee keeps giving, starting with my parents marriage. Coffee brought them closer together with late night talks, hanging around the pool watching us kids swim, and long walks up the lane together as a family with Coffee in hand.

Years later, now that I am an adult raising my own children, I find Coffee still cures the same ailments.

Coffee brings my family and marriage closer together. Long walks on the beach laughing while the children run and play, my husband and I walk side by side with our Coffee. Every time we are out walking around downtown, enjoying the Bayside views we eagerly scout out a new Coffee shop.

Coffee works. It works not only because Scientific evidence backs it up with healthy claims, but cures ailments in life, bringing people closer together.


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      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my hub!! May God continue to bless you all with time to enjoy your coffee!!!

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      Tuesdays child 5 years ago from In the garden

      What a wonderful and peaceful hub! Very nicely written. I too would be lost without a cup of coffee with friends!

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This is a great hub, welcome to HubPages, April! :) I'm drinking a toast to you this morning (coffee of course!) to continued success! :) Voted up and awesome!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      This is so true..I love coffee husband and I are always sharing those moments sipping coffee. There is such a warm feeling that surrounds sharing a cup. Thank you for a great hub.


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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      I love my coffee in the morning. I brew a pot, pour a cup and open up to hubpages to read the wonderful stories such as this. Thank you for sharing

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting hub! Life's little blessings enlarge when you share them like you just did. Thanks!

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      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much! Coffee is awesome!

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      Windclimber 5 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

      April, I LOVE how you focus on the social and yes, spiritual aspects of coffee. Of course there's a place for info and opinions on how to brew coffee perfectly, the best beans, etc., but all of that is secondary and not nearly as widely interesting as the more-than-just-caffeine functions of coffee in human life. Your GREAT title captures it well: coffee can certainly be a cup of hope!

      Good job, good topic, great focus on the topic, great title!