Coffee On The Wall

by Stephen on January 28, 2014 · 56 comments

in Inspiring Stories

I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice, Italy, the city of lights and water.

As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his order saying, “Two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.”

We heard this order with rather interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two.

When he left, the waiter put a piece of paper on the wall saying “A Cup of Coffee”.

While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They had two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he put a piece of paper on the wall saying, “A Cup of Coffee”.

It was something unique and perplexing for us. We finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.

After a few days, we had a chance to go to this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a man poorly dressed entered. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, “One cup of coffee from the wall.”

The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without paying.

We were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the trash bin.

Now it was no surprise for us – the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town made our eyes well up in tears.

Ponder upon the need of what this man wanted. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem… he has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee… without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him… he only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left.

A truly beautiful thought. Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see anywhere!

Author Unknown
Submitted by H H Chanchani

If you find this story useful, please share with a friend!

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Libu G January 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm


2 Rozy January 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Nice and deep.

3 Henry January 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Lovely! Reminds me of the good old days when we just love people and not to be suspicious of everything.

4 Anna Petrosyan January 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I wish we had such kind of coffee shops and cafes in our city! If I had my own it would be the first thing to do!

5 Aqua Mousious January 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Indeed sharing is caring. Great love!

6 A.Bhatia January 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

One of the most beautiful and touching story. The whole world needs to learn from this story, and can make the earth a more and more happier place to live.

Thanks for sharing.


7 Yo Joko January 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Giving without taking back, only hoping reward from the “One and Only” who owns our life and everything we own…

8 Jaya L Coppisetty January 28, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Very inspiring … hats-off.

9 Chris January 29, 2014 at 12:10 am

Whao’o… a fascinating story indeed…

10 Brandon Kabagambe January 29, 2014 at 12:44 am

That is my dream world, where the rich and poor live in harmony. That act is rare, but deserves credits. love it and thank you for sharing it with us.

11 Vinit Mehta January 29, 2014 at 1:06 am

Nice story !!!

12 Mweemba January 29, 2014 at 1:30 am

This a very inspiring story. It teaches us to help the needy without them having to us and that way, pride is avoided in the giver.

13 Joseph Muya January 29, 2014 at 3:37 am

Waaoh a great story. Very touching story

14 Himanish January 29, 2014 at 5:09 am


15 Rajan Munda January 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

Do good jobs and never expect it’s reaction.

16 Paul January 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

So unique and inspiring. I’m into business and I believe I have to emulate this and spread the love too.


17 Himanshu January 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

Lovely and really nice!

18 Sushil January 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

Really good story, which makes one understand what is joy of giving/sharing.

Thanks for sharing in this great forum.

19 Stevo January 30, 2014 at 5:38 am


20 Elena January 30, 2014 at 9:09 am


21 Kk January 31, 2014 at 12:57 am

If this were available in India, Chennai I would only visit that particular coffee shop that offers this facility to help the needy… Good show…

22 Rajshree January 31, 2014 at 4:56 am

It is really sweet coffee.

23 Belva January 31, 2014 at 9:16 am

Great story I’m sure it has inspired many who will in some way or the other share in the joy of giving with no expectations.

24 Belva January 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

Very inspiring.

25 Camilia January 31, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Wonderful moral : Don’t stop giving !

26 Lino February 1, 2014 at 2:17 am

Wow what a noble thought….

27 Prasurjya February 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

Majestic…yet another soul touching message…God Bless…

28 Ramesh February 5, 2014 at 1:42 am


29 Mopli swami February 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

Great thought.

30 Sri February 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I am speechless.

31 Sunny Mammen February 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

Great thought of sharing & giving. Will work out in Europe & USA.
Practically difficult in poor countries.

32 Prasadbatturi February 15, 2014 at 8:04 am


33 Song March 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Good idea for your sisters shop.

34 Ramesh Pokhrel March 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

Wonderful story

35 Dinesh March 22, 2014 at 7:32 am

If this happens in India.. There’ll be no walls in coffee shops anymore. I’m an Indian.

36 Divine April 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

I wonder if this still goes on in Venice.

37 David Paramel June 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

The Joy Of Giving……! A remarkable message to all the people who can help others by sharing only a bit from their huge wealth to the needy. I HOPE this starts in India as well.

38 Piriyaanka June 18, 2014 at 2:34 am

Awesome… would love to go here some day!

39 Reianna June 20, 2014 at 1:48 am

Give to others and you will have more blessing. Wonderful story.

40 Hannah July 14, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Really nice!!!!!!!!!

41 Vitthal chepte November 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Today I read this article in marathi newspaper and pleased that now also humanity is there in people. best way to help people .

42 Amjel January 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Very inspiring indeed. I wish i can replicate the action in our place.

43 Praveen kumar January 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Ha thats an awesome story I wish this story should be in books of kids to teach them basic humanity im a college student and I wish I wanna make this storh as a short film hope u dont mind

44 Nesar Ahmed February 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Very heart touching

45 Hemani February 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

Heart Touching:)

46 Balnarayana bandam May 8, 2015 at 11:06 am

The story is very impressive the part played by donor
For the recipient is worth to praise, the honesty of the
Hotel is also a pat on the back. Let it to start even in
Other countries especially at meals section several
Poor persons will be benefited .A needy may not go
In search of donor

47 Devilatha Raja August 21, 2015 at 12:56 am


48 Vinit Shahdeo October 29, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Wonderful story….

49 Crazy27 February 19, 2016 at 3:43 am

The most beautiful wall indeed. I hope every restaurant can have that kind of wall.

50 Lesaya April 2, 2016 at 6:07 am

Beautiful indeed.. How l wish we can start a culture like that in “Moslem” Malaysia..

Leave a Comment