Have you heard about Suspended Coffees yet?
If you’re Italian, you probably have, because this kindly act originated in Naples. Known there as caffè sospeso, it is the act of buying a coffee in advance for someone in need.
This concept has spread around the world, and is now becoming popular in the UK. Some independent coffee shops are joining in with this community donation scheme, supporting local people in need. This BBC article and video clearly depict the community aspect of the scheme.
Starbucks have also set up a suspended coffee scheme: they donate the coffee to their charity partner Oasis, who use the coffee for events and for one-to-one sessions with people in need. Starbucks also matches the customer’s donation with their own cash donation to Oasis.
It is an easy way to donate, and the recipients can enjoy the benefits with dignity. I shall certainly be watching out for cafes that participate.