Share-a-Cup & a Story: The Benefits of Coffee Talk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I’m partnering with Folgers® at Walmart through the Share A Cup & A Story campaign to create personal connections within my community

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When I was growing up on a suburban street on top of a mountain, we knew all of our neighbors.

We’d leave the light on for our neighbors’ kids, and show them an always open door into our home. We stayed in touch as we all grew up – always there to help feed a pet, babysit a kid, lend a cup of sugar, and offer a supportive, listening ear.


To this day, we stay in touch with most of those neighbors. We have all grown up and moved away, but the world is smaller through email and Facebook. I’ve had many homes since those first suburban streets in New Jersey. I’ve had roommates in urban areas, and then I lived with Cassidy in a middle apartment in San Francisco – surrounded on all sides – and even upstairs and downstairs! Then, in our first home in Massachusetts, we lived in a split-level condo with great families on the other side. I have ALWAYS had close neighbors, it seems, and I can remember every smiling, helpful face.

When we bought our first home, the one we live in now, we thought those days are over! And we needed them more than ever, it seems. We had a two-year-old daughter and I was six weeks pregnant with my son! We moved onto four acres in a clearing in the woods – but also in a city. Talk about feeling alienated at times! Then we discovered just how awesome our neighbors are! Our nearest neighbors brought over holiday cookies. Our second nearest neighbors held packages for me during the holidays. Then we discovered a family who lives through the woods, past a llama farm, and up a hill!

I wanted to do something special to honor the friendly neighbor who lives there.

Why? It’s because when my cat was lost, she helped me organize a search to find her. When I was sick, she offered to take my kids to school. And when my car broke down, she came over as quickly as anything to help me jumpstart it!

The best part is that she Googled how to do it and learned it right then and there!

It’s awesome and humbling to say thanks to the amazing everyday neighbors in our life. I had to think about exactly how I’d do it. I know she loves coffee, because who doesn’t? I also know she can feel isolated like I do, because she also lives in the woods and on a hill! It’s like we’re at opposites sides of the mountain, but so close! I invited her over for a coffee date.

I brought over Folgers Classic Roast Coffee because I brew a pot every afternoon around that time of day when I tend to get tired. Jen, my neighbor, is one of the most cheerful, helpful and uplifting people I know! I loved sharing coffee talk.

Through talking, I found out so much about her. She lives in an A-Frame house like I do, and we talked about the windows, and all of the pros and cons of living in the woods. Sometimes it feels great. Other times, it’s hard in the winter.

Jen has twin daughters who are two years older than my oldest. I got so much information from her about the teachers and the upper grades in the elementary school. It made me feel more hopeful about the coming years – with my kids growing up. It’s hard for me when they turn a new age. I realize there are so many benefits to it, though. And I am confident that both of my kids have the teachers they will do so well with. It was incredibly uplifting to look forward to a new school year. I always get sad at the end of summer, but there’s excitement too. I learned so much over coffee with my awesome neighbor!

Head to Walmart and find Folgers Classic Roast in the coffee aisle! You can also learn more about Colombian, Black Silk, Half Caff, and Gourmet Supreme. It seems that there’s something for everyone in your life!

Do you have a neighbor as wonderful as Jen? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Share-a-Cup & a Story: The Benefits of Coffee Talk — 13 Comments

  1. I know you get the end of summer blues every year but I am happy you are excited about the school year! I love your neighbor connection! I have an older lady that lives near me that I love, but no one my age.

  2. I don’t drink coffee, but normally I get a Diet Coke when everyone else has coffee. And then I talk after the caffeine has kicked in! My mom loves her coffee though and I do adore the smell.

  3. I grew up drinking Folger’s coffee. My dad made a nice cup of joe on nights when I had to study for an exam. So glad you are able to have coffee talk with your neighbors.

  4. I’ll admit, I don’t know really know my neighbors, besides those in my condo association and a few that have stopped by during open studios who I now say hi to on the street. I definitely wish I knew more, especially since there are so many young children on our street!

  5. It is a great time when we share the same taste with sombody and even someone we have just met. I enjoy having a coffee with my friends outside so that we feel closer and get to know more about each other. I will ask them about try ing this kind of product. Thanks for your sharing!

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