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How to Break the Ice over Iced Coffee

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If your go-to method of breaking the ice is throwing a corny pick-up line at the nearest unsuspecting human, you might want to revisit your strategy. July 6 is National Kissing Day, so you'll need to step up your game if you want in on the celebrations. Fortunately, there's coffee to the rescue. Like many awkward situations, starting a conversation with a stranger can be instantly enhanced with a cup of java in hand. Here's how to use it as a prop when engaging in the festivities.

Coffee is the best wingman.Coffee is a great wingman.

Buy Him or Her a (Coffee) Drink
Coffee is the best wingman because it will never leave you during a moment of need, nor will it swoop in on your love interest. It will never hurt you or betray your trust. That's why it makes perfect sense to use it as an extension of good will. If you're at a coffee shop and you see someone that you'd like to get to know better, simply offer to put his or her drink on your tab. The reasoning: Everyone loves coffee - especially when it's free. You'll make a new friend in no time.

"Don't be the coffee man or woman that got away."

Ask for His or Her Help
If your funds don't allow for picking up a second person's coffee, try this approach instead. Rather than reach over him or her for a stirrer to mix your coffee, ask for a helping hand. It's one of the oldest tricks in the book, and it actually gets the other person talking - even if it's just to say "Sure." You'll need to take it from there and come up with something interesting to talk about, or you'll forever be the coffee man or woman that got away.

Make it Yourself
If you already know this person and you want an excuse to hang out, just turn to your main wingman coffee. Invite your love interest over and offer a cup of java freshly brewed with your Mr. Coffee® Smart Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Wemo®. The bold, rich taste that's prepared in record time is sure to impress even the most jaded souls. You can also prepare a cup beforehand and extend it as a friendly gesture when you meet outside of your home. Whatever you decide, just make sure your coffee game is on-point, and the rest will follow.