Melissa Lombard - 5 Year Project - 260 cups of coffee with strangers and something new each day

Cup 106: Roger Rangel – Austin Police Officer, dad, huge-hearted guy!

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 106 Roger Rangel

The Place: Austin Police Dept. substation, Starbucks, but primarily the driver and passenger seats of an APD patrol car. The Cup: Starbucks was our first stop where we got the necessary fuel to power our exciting day. The Background: Roger showed up to work, with no knowledge that on this … continue »

Cup 105: Lindsey Leaverton – Texas girl, gifted musician and mother of twins.

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 105 Lindsey Leaverton

The Place: Russell’s Bakery The Cup: Soy latte for Lindsey, and I, already amply hopped up on coffee, opted for a lovely, refreshing glass of hibiscus iced tea. The Background: Cup 101 Tammy Shaklee sent an email introduction and described Lindsey as “a dynamic woman with THE most inspiring path and story in Austin”. I went to work […]

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Cup 104: GiGi Miller – Gifted artist, soup lover and research junkie.

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 104 GiGi Miller

The Place: Lola Savannah The Cup: GiGi enjoyed a Café au lait and I opted for my favorite of all the coffee drinks, the cortado. The Background: There’s a first time for everything. And this is the first time I am interviewing the spouse of a former stranger. That’s not to say I’ve never interviewed strangers who are […]

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Cup 103: Mercedes Sawyers – Candle maker, hugger and spreader of light

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 103 Mercedes Sawyers

The Place: Cherrywood Coffee The Cup: Chai Latte for Mercedes, and a Cortado for me The Background: Cup 33 Arie Moyal was in town for SXSW, giving hugs and spreading love. Unfortunately, I didn’t even get to see him while he was here because I was busy, busy with work! It seems the whole town shuts down during […]

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Cup 102: John Langford – Photographer, author and world adventurer.

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 102 John Langford

The Place: Monkey Nest The Cup: A cup of coffee for me, and John enjoyed a drink he promised would rock my world. I had a taste and he was right! If you get the chance, order the Green Friend from Monkey Nest. It’s the right blend of yummy and healthy — assuming my philosophy is correct, […]

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Cup 101: Tammy Shaklee – Matchmaker, card player, Vespa driver.

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 101 Tammy Shaklee

The Place: Austin Java The Cup: A cup of coffee for me, and Tammy grabbed an iced tea and salad. The Background: Cup 17, Thom Singer thought Tammy was someone I needed to know, so a month or so ago, he made an email introduction to Tammy and I. Tammy said it sounded like fun, so she […]

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My First 100 Cups: A Reflection and A Forward Glance

Coffee With a Stranger Who's Next

It Started With A Quote I could never have predicted the impact that quote would have on my life. I read the words of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones and was struck by their truth. And the truth of the statement made me immediately wonder how I was doing. An avid reader, I decided to give myself […]

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Cup 100: Misty Williams – Decadence-loving Leo, infopreneur marketer, and personal development junkie

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 100 Misty Williams

The Place: La Madeleine The Cup: A cup of coffee for me, and since it was lunch time, Misty went for a glass of water and a salad. The Background: A few months back, Cup 17, Thom Singer and I grabbed coffee to catch-up. He suggested a few people he’d met recently who he thought I’d be interested […]

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Cup 99: Jeff Miller – Optimist, pop music fan, and survivor.

Coffee With A Strange Cup 99 Jeff Miller

The Place: Lola Savannah The Cup: It was Friday, so Jeff and I both decided to live it up. I had a chai latte, complete with a little cinnamon art on top. Jeff chose a yummy mocha frappe. We were both pleased with our choices. The Background: I got an email the other day from my good pal […]

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Cup 98: Jackie Huba – Little Monster, Loyalty Evangelist, and Drag Queen

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 98, Jackie Huba

The Place: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf The Cup: After 3 PM means I had tea – Chai Rooibos to be exact. Jackie had a hot tea latte. The Background: My dear friend and former stranger, Cup 86, Ray Bard asked me if I’d read a book called Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics. We’d been […]

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