The Pending Coffee

The Pending Coffee

A (caffè sospeso : Italian) Suspended coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. The tradition began in the working-class cafés of Naples, Italy 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. Coffee shops in other countries have adopted the sospeso to increase sales.

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3 Responses to The Pending Coffee

  1. Gives me shivers. In a warm sort of way.

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