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Coffee and Kindness Cross Continents

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What you may not realize is over the holidays plenty of Nevada soldiers are serving overseas, away from their families. Now Hub Coffee Roasters is going to ship them a taste of home. After all, there's nothing like a hot brewed cup of coffee to warm the soul.

But soldiers overseas get coffee that's a lot less soothing and much more like mud. Hannah Speth whose dad is serving in Kuwait until June says, "When he does have coffee, it really tastes like dirt."

Master Sergeant Pat Speth is with about 40 other local soldiers in Kuwait right now. Hannah says, "for some people it's out of sight, out of mind. They don't really see it. But for me, my brother, my sister and mom it's really close to home, obviously."

To make time away from home a little sweeter, Hub Coffee Roasters is joining the founder of Think Kindness Brian Williams with a critical mission. Brian says, "I received a phone call at like 2 am asking 'hey, any chance you can send coffee' and I said 'yes, for sure.'"

Brian sent coffee to local soldiers in Afghanistan four years ago. Not wanting to leave them empty handed this time, he posted the request for coffee on Facebook and got an instant $500 anonymous donation.

Then Hub Coffee Roasters stepped in, in a big way. Owner Mark Trujillo says, "we're going to do everything we possibly can to fulfill this." They are ready to roast triple their normal requests for beans because for every single bag of coffee you buy, the Hub is going to donate two.

While Channel 2 News was at Hub getting a peek at the product, a surprise phone call came in!

Reporter Neda Iranpour asks, "How are you sir?"

Master Sergeant Speth says through Face Time, "I'm doing great how about yourself?"

"Good. What do you think about this donation that's coming your way?"

"Aw, it's going to be awesome, coffee is really hard to get over here… That's unbelievable that they would think that much of us, to do something like that. That's awesome."

A no brainer for this local business, Mark says "it's only right that we give back as much as we can."

The founder of Think Kindness will collect all the coffee donated through January 23rd and ship it weekly. "The coffee is roasted in Reno from a Reno business and it's also going to Reno soldiers."

It's now brewed into an act of kindness that's reaching far beyond the cup. 

Master Sergeant Speth says, "I love you all and thank you very much for supporting me."

You can buy coffee at both Hub locations to be able to donate. They have one on Riverside and the original hub is at 32 Cheney Street.

Written by Neda Iranpour

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