Do you know “caffè sospeso”?

A “caffè sospeso” or pending coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. The tradition was over 100 years old, it began in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone who had experienced good luck would order a sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. A poor person enquiring later whether there was a “sospeso” available would then be served a coffee for free.

The generosity of the Neapolitans is contagious, the idea has been reported in cafés in many other countries.

Good cafés to everyone!