A Great Big Cup O’ Coffee in Wilkes-Barre

The city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is home to a giant coffee mug building. With its dirt-streaked yellow cladding and lovely handle un-held, this humongous cup of coffee sadly sits vacant on Spring street.

A wonderful dream unrealized.

giant cup of coffee building in wilkes-barre pennsylvania

Milling around in the parking lot, I contemplated the missed opportunity for happiness that the giant coffee cup represented. Just look at the potential of this huge, silly thing!

One Giant Coffee – to Go

After I riding away, this giant java encounter got me to thinking.

Are we all standing at the edge of greatness? Is it always there waiting for us to take a leap of faith and grab hold of it? After all, isn’t that what this giant coffee mug represents? Someone’s whim, a chance at happiness?

Happiness; is there anything greater than that?

Sometimes being attaining happiness can seem like a moving target. But, when I stop and think about the core elements of what brings it to me, there are some simple truths.

It is only after I start meddling with over-thinking, turning knobs and flipping switches that things become complicated and happiness wanes. It is when peripheral garbage distracts me that I lose sight of the truth of what is at the center of me being happy.

The relaxed part of the mind knows the way. If only I would listen to it.

Perhaps I should switch to decaf.

giant coffee mug building in wilkes-barre pennsylvania and triumph bonneville

The fantasy that I built in my mind around the coffee cup building was light and sweet. I imagined smiling faces beaming out of the drive-thru window handing over the goods. And in return the people in their cars driving away smiling.

Perhaps some other change-taker will have the beans to resurrect this sleeping giant.


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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1 Response

  1. Ken Haylock says:

    Surely that’s crying out to be a coffee shop, even a chain coffee shop… You can imagine vinyl wrapping the whole building (to avoid altering the original decor) as a giant Starbucks mug, for example…

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