Suspended Coffee: Caffeine Based Acts Of Kindness That Are Warming Hearts Across The World
Huffington Post UK | By Sara C Nelson
Posted: 24/04/2013 11:57 BST | Updated: 24/04/2013 BST
You may have seen mention of the “suspended coffees” phenomenon floating around the social media stratosphere of late.
In a nutshell, it is the practice of buying an extra cup of coffee, or food, along with your own purchase, and leaving it behind for someone in need.
Based on an Italian goodwill tradition, these small acts of kindness are now being carried out across the world at participating outlets.
Communities are springing up in the UK, Sheffield, Wales, South Korea, India and the States.
John Sweeney set up a page in Cork, Ireland, which has amassed more than 75,000 likes in the last month.
He told Huffington Post UK: “I’ve been blown away by the response to be honest, it’s amazing. It’s not just something for the homeless, it’s for everyone who needs it. And you can do it with food, soup, whatever you want.
“You can leave your coffee in the shop or you can ask for a token and give it to someone yourself like the poor old woman living on her own down the street.
“Basically it’s about community spirit and helping those directly around you.”
The BBC spoke to Hettie Clark at Forest Hill’s Coffee7 shop, which is taking part in the scheme.
She said: “The people who donate really vary. It can be business people, it can be mums with young kids.”
As well as the homeless and those down on their luck, the shop’s suspended coffees are also popular among refugees from a nearby centre.
And it’s not just the smaller shops that are taking part – coffee giant Starbucks recently signed up for the initiative.
Ian Cranna, vice-president of marketing at Starbucks UK told Marketing Magazine the campaign “will provide warmth and comfort for those looking for food or a hot cup of coffee.”
Will you be buying a suspended coffee for someone in need?
Find the Huffington Post UK article here.
Buy a coffee for someone who can’t afford it: The new donation scheme coming to cafes in the UK
‘Suspended coffee’ scheme taking off as big firms look to get involved
Idea began in Naples, Italy, and is quickly spreading across the globe
John Sweeney, a plumber from Cork, Ireland, coordinating social networking campaign
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 04:18 EST, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 05:52 EST, 31 March 2013
It doesn’t sound as enticing as a cappuccino, flat white or latte, but a new beverage called the ‘suspended coffee’ is set to take cafes across the country by storm.
In a concept born in Naples, Italy, caffeine drinkers not only place their own regular order, they also request a second drink for someone who cannot afford to pay for their own.
The idea, which is not just aimed at helping the homeless but those who simply find themselves out of work and broke, for example, spread to Bulgaria and, thanks to the power of social networking sites, is beginning to take off in Britain and around the world.
So far, about 150 British cafes have signed up to what has become a formal scheme, while big chains like Starbucks and Costa are making positive noises about getting involved.
The concept is based on good faith by both shops and the customers – anyone can enter and asked for a ‘suspended coffee’ and are unlikely to be asked for their credentials, but it is hoped the most needy people will take advantage.
John Sweeney, a 28-year-old plumber from Cork, set up the Suspended Coffees Facebook page, and said he is being inundated with messages.
“I didn’t go to bed until 4am and was up at 8.15am,’ he said in the Independent on Sunday. ‘It’s not just an idea for the homeless. I’ve been in situations where I’ve been out of work, freezing, and would have loved nothing more than a cup of coffee, but couldn’t afford one.’
The Facebook page has designed ‘Suspended Coffee Supporter’ logos which shops can display on their doors. The initiative has a website in development and is working on creating an app for smartphones, while other shops are expanding the idea to cover cookies and other food.
Hettie Clarke, manager at Coffee7, in Forest Gate, east London, praised the idea, saying: ‘We’re not going to make judgements. If you can say, ‘here is a suspended coffee, from us to you,’ you feel like you’re doing good, but it’s not too in your face.’
A Starbucks spokesman said ‘suspended coffee is a really interesting campaign and we’re looking into it’, while other big chains made positive noises on their websites.
Find the Daily Mail article here.