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Think while you drink, scribe as you imbibe: you can pay for a coffee with a poem in 34 countries today

Today is World Poetry Day, and the great news for coffee lovers with a poetic bent is that you can pay for your coffee with a poem in 34 countries today.

You can pay for your coffee with a poem in 34 countries on World Poetry Day. Image: Julius Meinl
You can pay for your coffee with a poem in 34 countries on World Poetry Day. Image: Julius Meinl

You can think while you drink and exchange a handwritten poem you’ve created for coffee in 1280 Julius Meinl outlets around the world.

The Austrian coffee company says that more than 100,000 people scribed while they imbibed last year, and they have now expanded the initiative into 34 countries.

 

The coffee shops are mostly located in Europe, but there are some in other countries across the world including the US and Australia.

The coffee chain says that its aim is to remind people of the power of poetry, and it therefore invites its customers to share their feelings on paper.

You can pay for your coffee with a poem in 34 countries on World Poetry Day. Image: Julius Meinl
You can pay for your coffee with a poem in 34 countries on World Poetry Day. Image: Julius Meinl

In previous years the poems were turned into art installations in various countries. In Milan, Julius Meinl placed thousands of poems on a bridge over the Navigli River. For further information on the initiative, including previous poems created and participating locations, see here.

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