Flying Cappuccino

This one has been around since the first cuppa, but no one ever expects it. It gets energy levels peaking faster than a caffeine boost. If you want to wake up the dead then forget the coffee and try this.

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Set up your fake coffee with the napkin positioned to look like froth. Make sure you have a spoon with a head that won’t slide out of the coffee handle at the time of delivery. Add some cinnamon or sand to top off the froth look. Mingle with others in the canteen or on a break.


Is it just me, or is the air really dry today… feel like I’m going to sneeze?

Pretend to hold back a sneeze.

Lend me your ears

For maximum effect, aim to deliver the flying cappuccino to one person in the group.


Really got to sneeze…

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Fake a (dry) sneeze and, at the same time, while holding onto the long side of the spoon, gently launch your fake coffee at the person you’re speaking to. The coffee cup will be securely anchored by the spoon, causing a startled response from those in front of you.


Coffee can really give you a wake up, right?

They should now be smiling, seeing that it’s not real. Show them how you set it up.


I could use this napkin to blow my nose, but that would ruin my cappuccino icebreaker.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Nothing like a good cuppa to wake you up.
  • An icebreaker that gets hearts racing is nothing to sneeze at.
  • Do you take fake froth with your coffee?
Alternative ending

Set up the fake cappuccino again in front of the others. Now that everyone else knows what’s in store, try it on someone new. See if someone wants to film it on their phone without being obvious.


It’s like candid camera in the office…

Anticipated responses and retorts

You ever get people jumping?

What do you think.

You ever spilt one for real?

Nah. This way is much better.

Is this a coffee lover’s little secret?

The cat is now out of the bag.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want people fired up.
  • When you want to get someone’s attention in a big way.
  • When you want to get a vibe going.
Where to use it
  • office canteen
  • general informal meetings
  • team building gatherings
  • socializing
Getting ready
Items required
  • A coffee cup
  • A large spoon that does not fit all the way through the cup holder
  • A white napkin
  • A bit of cinnamon or sand from an office pot plant
  • Place the white napkin in the coffee cup.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon or sand onto the napkin.
Training required
  • Practice a few times in front of a mirror.
  • Make sure the coffee cup is secure on the end of the spoon.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may break some coffee cups if you are not prepared.
  • You may scare a few people (including yourself when practicing in front of a mirror).

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a coffee cup and saucer, a big spoon (like a soup spoon), a while napkin and some cinnamon

size size

big enough not to carry it in your pocket

durability durability

you may break a cup if you are not prepared

source source

an old classic

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this works well with any size group

possible health risk possible health risk

you could scare a few people

reusable how many times you can use it

once per person or group

training needed training needed

practice in front of a mirror

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