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Caffè Sospeso: Buy A Coffee For A Stranger

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Caffè sospeso translates to "suspended coffee," and it is a Neapolitan tradition. This simple act of charity involves buying an extra cup of coffee that will consumed by someone that perhaps cannot spare the cash. This act boomed during World War II, and has thus found a revival in modern times due to hard economic times. Though this tradition began in Naples, Italy, different businesses across Europe have picked up the practice as a way of spreading generosity.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A suspended coffee is a coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. 00:17

  2. Other customers don't know that the recipient of a suspended cup of coffee is receiving a charity cup of coffee. 01:01

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