A simple act of generosity that started in a coffee shop in Naples, Italy is spreading around the world. It’s called ‘Suspended Coffee’ – if you haven’t heard about it, the idea is simple. At participating cafes, you can pay for your own coffee as well as a second one, which can then be claimed later by someone in need. In Italy, ‘Suspended Coffee’ or « Caffè Sospeso » had been around for 100 years but saw a surge in popularity after the Second World War.
Writer Luciano de Crescenzo, author of ‘Il caffè sospeso: Saggezza quotidiana in piccolo sorsi’ (Suspended Coffee: Daily Wisdom in Small Sips).
« When a person who had a break of good luck entered a cafe and ordered a cup of coffee, he didn’t pay just for one, but for two cups, allowing someone less fortunate who entered later to have a cup of coffee for free. »
Baristas would log the purchase and anyone down on their luck could ask « is there anything suspended? » and if yes, would get a free cup of java.