(courtesy of www.dailytelegraph.com.au)
Last month, we reported on the old Italian tradition of Suspended Coffee, or “caffee sospeso”, taking root in Bulgaria. Now, this movement has gone viral.
In Queensland, Australia, strangers have taken to pre-buying coffee and food for individuals that can’t afford it. For example, Cup from Above in Aspley is exchanging heart shaped tokens with customers who are pre-paying for coffee and then donating the coffee to a nearby caravan park. Owners of the cafe Ground in Buderim first encountered the movement when a customer pre-paid for coffee and requested they give it to someone deserving of it. The owners now see around 10 donations every week. One of the owners, Jamie Lonergan, states “We decided to get on board because of the incredible reactions we saw on people’s faces when they were experiencing the kindness and generosity of a complete stranger,”
A Suspended Coffee Society Brisbane Facebook page has also been started, by a law student named Pariss Rees, in order to help promote the movement. Rees states “Not only can people receive a coffee they may not have been able to afford, it may also help to break down some of the stereotypes and stigma surrounding these groups in Brisbane and help to integrate them into the community in a way that would not have been possible beforehand,”
The antiques center in Woolloongabba also donates about 50 coffees a week through their Pay it Forward Program.