meeting friends for coffeThrough April 26, Corner Bakery Cafe is offering two cups of hand roasted coffee to Facebook fans who invite a friend to its store. The chain is calling the event a Connect at the Corner initiative that encourages guests to reconnect with friends over a cup of coffee instead of texting, emailing and messaging online.

The irony, however, is that the face-to-face interactions are being encouraged through a Facebook application. In-person communication is still critical since the human brain receives most of its information through body language, facial expressions and tone of voice. However, instead of dismissing technology as a face-to-face deterrent, the Connect at the Corner program reinforces the use of technology to actually bring folks together the old-fashioned way – in person," the company said in a release.

So, here's how you win the two free cups of coffee. Set up date and time with a friend using the "Connect" tab on this page, print out a personalized offer good for two free cups of hand-roasted coffee.

"In today's age, with iPhones, Blackberries and laptops at our eager fingertips, making time for meaningful conversation among friends and loved ones can feel more challenging than ever," said Jim Vinz, Corner Bakery Cafe's president and chief operating officer in a release. "Our 'Connect at the Corner' program is all about connecting with the people that matter most and making time for one another."

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