Caffè sospeso

About a century ago, a simple tradition of paying it forward emerged in the coffee shops of Naples, Italy. A customer, feeling flush, generous, or simply grateful, would pay for two espressos but take only one – leaving the other “pending” or “in suspense” (pagato or sospeso). The barista would mark the second espresso (or coffee or pastry) in a separate ledger. Future patrons feeling less flush could then inquire if there were any paid items and, if so, claim them without paying.

Recently, a movement emerged to revive and spread the tradition – even here in the U.S. Curious if your local stop has joined the bandwagon? Look for the image above, or check out this list:

Try it out – I hear good Karma pairs nicely with caffeine.

This entry was published on November 10, 2013 at 12:11. It’s filed under Do, Drink, Get Inspired and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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