the suspended coffee movement

suspendedcoffeeI am deliberately sending this to you, hoping to catch you just before you dash out to grab your morning coffee…

have you heard about the suspended coffee movement yet?

If not, this movement will warm your heart faster than a hot drink on a winters day.  It is simple, when your buy a coffee, you buy another pay-it-forward one for a complete stranger who is down on their luck.  NICE!

Apparently this caffeine-fuelled movement of kindness originated in Naples, Italy post war where it is called caffe sospenso – coffee suspended or pending.

Closer to home (for me anyway) there are a growing number of Australian cafes supporting this symbol of grassroots social solidarity. The Courier Mail reports that one cafe in Brisbane, The Woolloongabba Antiques Centre has been giving away up to 50 donated coffees a week through its pay-it-forward program, which encourages customers to “become a link in the chain reaction of kind deeds”.

The Suspended Coffee facebook page has almost 50,000 likers on it, and there are two pages representing Australia here and here, all promoting locations on where you can sweeten your own coffee, by buying one for someone else:

Brisbane Suspended Coffee Society and the list of Queensland participating cafes.
Sydney Suspended Coffee
Melbourne Suspended Coffee and the details for one in Ballarat.

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6 Responses to the suspended coffee movement

  1. gofo says:

    what a brilliant idea especially with Winter coming up.

  2. Maren Strachan says:

    I love this one.

  3. Cathy McMahon says:

    Beautiful Tara,

    I don’t drink coffee but I always always learn something inspiring from you…. You are an angel.

    Have a gorgeous day xx

    Cathy McMahon +61 414 445 842

  4. Stacy says:

    Some of us have already been doing this for a while now, but don’t feel the need to big note ourselves all over social media. This is an awesome idea, and it works beautifully…
    But I just don’t see the need to show it off?

  5. Sarah Hayward says:

    We’ve been trying to get it started here too, it’s such a great idea! 🙂

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