A little background. In the Â Italian Â city of Â Naples Â a tradition from tough economic times is making a comeback, and spreading. It’s called CaffÃƒÂ¨ Sospeso, which is Â Italian Â 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, Â 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 Â NPR Â 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 Â anyone’s Â day. I love that this is spreading. I love that there is actually a network of Â different Â 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 Â originally Â shared this story with me! Coffee people are good people.