SUSPENDED COFFEE: DO A GOOD DEED WHILE DRINKING COFFEE
For the last five years, an old Italian custom has been spreading throughout the world and winning more and more supporters: the “caffè sospeso,” or “suspended coffee,” in English. “Two coffees, please. One for me, the other suspended.” This is how participants in this project order a coffee at the bar. All over the world, volunteers are supporting this idea, investing their time in the creation of websites with information and lists of the premises that adhere to the initiative, while releasing interviews to publicize the “suspended coffee” project.
How does it work? The barista who receives the order charges for two (or more) coffees, serves one to the customer and notes the rest as an offer for those in need. Anyone who cannot afford a coffee can go into a bar, ask if there is a “suspended coffee” and receive one for free.
This custom originated in Naples, the city of coffee par excellence, and dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. In an era of economic hardship, anyone who could afford it started the habit of ordering a coffee, while paying for two, thus leaving a coffee “suspended” and already paid for, for those who did not have the means to buy one themselves.