It’s already been a rough summer for Toronto in 2018. Between elevated threat levels, shootings and other bad-news stories, we’re all looking for some good news. In the spirit of celebrating the good nature of Torontonians and giving back to the city, an anonymous benefactor has teamed with eleven independent Toronto coffee shops to create #BuyTOaCoffeeDay. Part social experiment and part pay-it-forward opportunity, 1100 coffees will be pre-paid for on Tuesday, August 7th at café’s across the city.

Sponsored by a mysterious local benefactor who would prefer to remain unnamed, the eleven coffee shops will be giving away a total of 1100 coffees (or teas) to the first patrons through the doors. Each individual café will start with 100 coffees to give away. The complimentary caffeine hit comes with just one simple catch: each person to receive a free coffee is asked to pay the kindness forward to another.

The local benefactor founded this unofficial holiday #BuyTOaCoffeeDay to encourage Torontonians to appreciate the small acts of kindness that happen every day and pay them forward to others in their community.

What: #BuyTOaCoffeeDay: 11 independent coffee shops across Toronto will give away 100 coffees or teas to patrons (with a limit of one beverage per person), for a total of 1100 free coffees

When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from open until supplies run out

Where: The Best Independent Cafes across Toronto, Including:

Uptown: (Yonge and St. Clair)
9 Bars Coffee, 46 St Clair Ave East

Mos Mos Coffee, 20 Bay St

St. Lawrence Market:
Fahrenheit Coffee, 120 Lombard Street

Dineen Coffee, 140 Yonge Street

Dark Horse Espresso, 630 Queen Street East

Fashion District:
Strange Love Coffee, 101 Spadina Avenue

Lit Espresso Bar, 1517 Bayview Avenue

The Junction:
UB Social Café, 3015 Dundas Street West
Hounslow’s House, 70A Hounslow Heath Road

The Big Guy’s Little Coffee Shop, 2861 Lake Shore Blvd. West

Black Gold Café, 2101 Brimley Road