“Caffe Sospeso”- Do not Suspend Kindness, Suspend a Coffee instead!

“Caffe sospeso''- Do not Suspend Kindness, Suspend a coffee instead!

I was doing some research to find where the original story of ”Suspended Coffee” comes from that is slowly moving around the social networks and here we have it. Very Heartwarming !

“Caffe sospeso” An Italian way to Pay it Forward ♥….

Unlimited kindness with an Italian Tradition of ”suspended coffee” or “caffe sospeso” takes hold elsewhere in tough economic times, Bulgaria are now using this tradition. Lets make this a Global Tradition in hard times, why not let us convince at least a few cafes in major cities or towns to take on this tradition, let us use such times as an opportunity to rebuild our local communities and take care of one another? A story Translated to English from Italian originally told by Antonio “Tonino” Guerra (16 March 1920 – 21 March 2012), he was an Italian concentration camp survivor, poet, writer and screenwriter who has collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world.

”We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.

I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what is the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through  the door and kindly asks
‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’

It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support ? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it.” – Tonino Guerra




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