Christmas and its tribute to the era of consumerism are over. Time to really relax for a minute, preferably out of the battlefield of paper wraps and hysterical electronic toys and find refuge in my child free/ safe haven : Café!
The best coffees I ever had were all Italian. No Starbuckest paper bucket there, but the classic and timeless porcelain espresso cup. Standing at the corner of the bar, I am savouring this ecstatic feeling of solitude in the multitude. With each sip of the magic caffè, my senses slowly wake up to the promises of a Dolce vita…
Coffee has always been a solitary pleasure to me.
Until I found out how I could share it a complete foreigner in a heartwarming way.
Someone who would appreciate the ride, the ambience, the elixir as much as I do. S/He’ll may see conversation where I see multitude. Will prefer the comfort of a chair to the standing at the bar. But for sure, s/he too will love the coffee.
Now we are talking decent present! Not just for one single night a year, but for countless days.
The Italian from Napoli call this caffeined gift a caffè sospeso. A Suspended or pending coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity.
Next time you go for your usual coffee, add (an) additional one(s) on your bill, for someone who may be finding it tough. Some cafés will hang the receipts on their windows; others will let your guest know what is suspended for them. Others will advertise on boards…
How great is that? Sharing what you love with people who could not afford it. I like also the fact that my guest will come to the café, sit down and get his drink like any other consumer. Hope my guest likes his/her coffee with a good book. I love sharing the books I have loved.
Nothing prevents you from adding a cookie or a meal with the suspended coffee. In Napoli, a few years ago, the pizzeria Da Concettina ai Tre Santi, created the suspended pizza logo and printed it on its paper tablecloths. Each week, it manages to deliver around 15 free pizzas for the poor.
Cheers to my first and easiest resolution of the year, sharing more of what I love!
For a list of all the participating cafés, click Here