Suspended Coffee is an act of kindness to those who are less fortunate. It does not cost the coffee shops themselves a penny, but requires their support to enable it to work. I am asking Starbucks and Costa to actively support the movement in all their stores and make customers aware of it, to help it reach a large scale, to help people who are in need by accepting this act of charity across their stores in the UK as chain stores who have a duty to use their scale for good. Below is information from the Suspended Coffee Facebook page about the mission:
Suspended coffee or pending coffee (caffe sospeso)is a cup of coffee paid for in advance by a willing coffee shop customer as an anonymous act of charity for anyone who is in need and with less fortune.
The idea originated in Naples, Italy around 100 years ago. Customers of coffee shops would pay twice for one espresso, instructing the barista to log the paid but untaken beverage in an “in suspense” chart (caffè pagato or a caffè sospeso). The barista would record what the patron paid for, such as an espresso, cappuccino or even a pastry. Paid items would remain in the log book until someone less fortunate would come and inquire if there was anything paid for or in suspense. The barista would check the log and say: “Yes, there is a paid cappuccino. May I serve it to you?” The beauty of this form of charity was multifaceted.
Donors and recipients remained completely anonymous to one another. The recipient was always treated with dignity. Donors would compete with other donors as to who could leave more paid coffees behind and baristas all over the city took great pride in carefully recording each entry and serving it.
Citizens and visitors of Naples were so pleased by the idea that the tradition was soon
carried out by other countries. Nowadays there are numerous coffee shops all around the globe that support the idea of suspended coffee and view it as a kind and generous act of building a community ruled by trust and care for each other.
“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. there were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one." I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.”
To get people supporting each other again, to show compassion love empathy. To show you we've all been there. To encourage you to keep going. To prove love exists. To get you through the day. To remind you to be strong. To celebrate you. To fight right along with you. And to remind you to be happy & live life!