Suspended coffee or caffè sospeso

coffee suspendu

Have you heard of the ‘suspended coffee‘ or ‘le café suspendu‘ as they say in french (or caffé sospeso in italian where it originally comes from)?

It’s a solidary concept, a warm anonymous act of charity. The idea is simple: you order and pay two coffees but drink only one of them. The other one you leave for somebody who can not afford it. So if later during the day somebody stranded enters the bar and asks if there’s a coffee suspended he can get served the prepaid coffee.
It’s an italian tradition that exports into the whole world.

Great, right? And so simple.

The tradition of the caffè sospeso began in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone who had experienced good luck would order a sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. A poor person enquiring later whether there was a sospeso available would then be served a coffee for free.’

Sometimes it doesn’t have to be much, right? So go and get yourself a coffee, make it two.

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