suspended

by - 12:03 PM

we entered a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and gave our order. While we’re approaching our table two people came in and they gave their orders to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They paid for their order, took the two coffee and left. 


I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”

My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”


Some more people entered. Two girls ask for one coffee each, paid 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 enjoyed the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square infront of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar came in through the door and kindly asked the counter: "Do you have a suspended coffee ?"
It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm bevarage.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.



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