A little background. In the Italian city of Naples a tradition from tough economic times is making a comeback, and spreading. It’s called CaffÃ¨ Sospeso, which is Italian for awesome strangers… Or rather Suspended Coffee. a person having a good day, or finding themselves in good circumstances pays for two coffee beverages, and only consumes the one. The barista on duty keeps a log of the paid-for beverage on file. Anyone down on their luck, having a bad day, or in need of a pick me up, can poke their head into the shop and ask if there is “anything suspended” If there is such a beverage the new patron is invited in to share the black gold.
The article from NPR talks about how this custom is spreading. and investigates the socio-economic reasons behind this. how Coffee is considered a staple and right in Italy, and how the kindness of strangers can brighten anyone’s day. I love that this is spreading. I love that there is actually a network of different cafe’s around that you can pay for coffee in one and have it served in another. I love coffee people. And i hope you enjoy this story.
There is so much negativity floating around that a nice heartwarming story as simple as a cup of espresso slide down the bar to person having a bad day seems fantastic.
PS Many thanks to the kind friend on facebook who originally shared this story with me! Coffee people are good people.