Red Cups, Coffee and Christmas – a personal story

Peppermint Mocha in a Red Cup

Peppermint Mocha in a Red Cup

Last year my daughter worked in a ministry reaching out to disadvantaged women in one of South Asia’s largest cities. We planned to visit a Christmas and she asked us to bring a stack of those famously red to-go coffee cups so her team could drink their coffee from them at Christmas brunch. We did, and she surprised them with the familiar reminder from home. I don’t think they would have cared one bit if it had been this year’s cup without the explicit holiday design.

Besides seeing how thrilled these Americans overseas were to get their coffee in the red cups on Christmas morning, the best part of this story is our conversation with the folks at the coffee shop when we asked for their help before the trip:

“I was wondering if it’s possible to get about twenty of your red cups. Our daughter is overseas working with a non-profit ministry and we’re visiting her for Christmas. She asked if we could bring some for her and her coworkers to use Christmas morning because the don’t have a Starbucks in their city.”

“This is the best reason I’ve ever heard to get extra cups. Is twenty enough?”

“Plenty. I think we need some lids too, just in case.”

“Of course! Please tell her we hope she enjoys her coffee when she drinks out of our cups.”

So if anyone tries to tell you that corporate coffee shops in America don’t support celebrating Christmas, feel free to tell them my daughter’s story.



Enjoying chai in a street market on our post-Christmas travels with our daughter and her team to some other cities in the region.

More of our travels around South Asia with Jenna and her team

More of our travels around South Asia with Jenna and her team last year


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16 Responses to Red Cups, Coffee and Christmas – a personal story

  1. says:

    Great post! And I loved the picture of you guys with Jenna. Haven’t seen a picture of her since middle school or early high school.


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Jeannie says:

    Thanks for sharing this story, Tim. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it.

  3. Jennwith2ns says:

    Yay TheBux! (I worked there for 5.5 years. This story makes me happy.)

  4. Bev Murrill says:

    Not being an American, I have no idea what the problem is…

  5. Dee Parsons says:

    Awesome story, Tim. I am tagging Starbuck’s on my tweet about it. Thank you. Loved the pictures.

  6. Adriana says:

    Paper coffee cups for Christmas morning! Light and easy to pack, such a great way to take a bit of Christmas joy with you to the other side of the world. 🙂

  7. Julie Anne says:

    Great story, Tim! How nice of Starbucks to send you with red cups/lids!

  8. Velour says:

    Wonderful story, Tim. I also buy the American-made (Ohio) white mugs at Starbucks. A gentleman here in California (Sonoma County) got the deal with Starbucks to help save the Ohio pottery industry.

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