What Is Suspended Coffee?

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There is a new menu item appearing in coffee shops worldwide.

Originating in Naples Italy, the trend has gone global through social media and has spread to coffee shops in Europe, the U.S., Russia, Canada, Australia, Asia and the UK.

But it’s not a new type of mocha, or latte or cappuccino.

Suspended Coffee as it’s called, is the concept that when you place your order at your favorite coffee shop, you also request a second drink for someone who may not be able to afford it. The shop then holds this cup of joe in “suspension”, until the time someone comes in and requests it.

This “pay it forward” means that a homeless person or someone who is broke and out of work can stop in for a hot coffee.

The initiative has a website in development, and is working on creating an app for smartphones. The Facebook page, already has 27 000 likes and is growing by the thousands everyday. A spokesman for Starbucks that suspended coffee was a “really interesting campaign and we’re looking into it”.

The idea is not without is detractors. Some commentors have pointed out that just giving someone who is down and out the cash was a more appropriate way for generous coffee drinkers to give. Some said that it was a profit generating tool for businesses who have surplus orders of “suspended coffee” while others were concerned that their neighborhood coffee spot would erupt in violent riots of homeless people fighting it out over the last cup of suspended coffee.

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The Facebook page has also designed “Suspended Coffee Supporter” logos which shops can display on their doors, to let people know they participate in the grassroots program.

For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SuspendedCoffeess or follow Suspended Coffee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoffeeSospeso.

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