Sus­pended cof­fees a splen­did idea

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

WE en­ter a lit­tle cof­fee­house with a friend of mine and give our or­der. While we’re ap­proach­ing our ta­ble, two people come in and go to the counter: “Five cof­fees, please. Two of them for us and three sus­pended,” they say, and pay for their or­der be­fore tak­ing the two cof­fees and leav­ing. I ask my friend: “What are those ‘sus­pended’ cof­fees?” My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.” Some more people en­ter. Two girls ask for one cof­fee each, pay and go. The next or­der was for seven cof­fees and it was made by three lawyers — three for them and four sus­pended. While I still won­der what’s the deal with those sus­pended cof­fees, I en­joy the sunny weather and the beau­ti­ful view to­wards the square in front of the café. Sud­denly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beg­gar comes in through the door and kindly asks, “Do you have any sus­pended cof­fee?” It’s sim­ple: people pay in ad­vance for a cof­fee meant for some­one who can­not af­ford a warm bev­er­age. The tra­di­tion with the sus­pended cof­fees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world, and in some places you can or­der not only a sus­pended cof­fee but also a sand­wich or a whole meal. Wouldn’t it be won­der­ful to have such cafés or even gro­cery stores in ev­ery town, where the less for­tu­nate will find hope and sup­port? If you own a busi­ness, why don’t you of­fer it to your clients. I am sure many of them will like it.

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