Social media is truly wonderful; just caught a fabulous idea this morning which I really really love. Apparently, if you can’t afford to have a cup of coffee and you happen to be in Naples, Italy’s southern city, you could be blessed with one from good souls who have paid in advance for one or several coffees without drinking them. The extra coffee goes to the next customer who asks, ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’ This caffe sospeso (suspended coffee) tradition originated from Naples, have since spread to more than 150 cafes across Bulgaria. I certainly hope that the love can spread further to other cafes and restaurants in the world.
Do you have a suspended coffee?
We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended.’ While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the cafe. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks:
‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’
It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafes or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find a little hope and support in their communities?
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