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Cleveland coffee app let's you to pay it forward, buy a cup for a stranger or a friend

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 17:51:38-04

We've all heard the stories - a person pays for a stranger's coffee as a random act of kindness and it sets off a chain reaction. Well, now there's an app for that, and it's exclusive to Cleveland.

"The goal of the app is to build up the Cleveland community and just make it a happier place through the power of coffee," said the app's co-founder Alex Wittenberg. 

It's called Coffee Q, and you can use it at five different coffee shops in Cleveland: both locations of Six Shooters, Passengers Cafe in Ohio City, Pour Cleveland downtown and Beviamo Cafe in Tremont.

The idea is to help you buy a cup for yourself, then pay for someone else's - either a friend or a stranger.

"It’s actually not an app that people need to download, the app sits on iPads at the coffee shops, so we didn’t want to make people have to download an app to pay it forward, we want to make it as easy as possible," said Wittenberg. 

All of the coffee shops associated with Coffee Q are connected through the app. So, if you buy the extra cup of joe in Tremont, the person you're buying for can pick it up in Ohio City. 

Each time you use the app a small donation goes to a local charity. Two-hundred cups of coffee have been gifted since the program launched in November.