The talk video today is by John Sweeney the founder of Suspended Coffees, a social movement that has positively affected and transformed millions of people around the world. The custom started in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone who had good luck would order a “sospeso”, Italian for “suspended coffee” thus paying the price of two coffees but receiving and drinking only one. The extra coffee then becomes an anonymous act of charity, going to someone else.
On 22 July 2013, an anonymous customer in Edmonton, where I am from, paid for 500 large coffees at Tim Hortons, our iconic Canadian coffee chain. This started a movement that spread to a total of 30 locations with over 10,000 cups of coffee being paid for by donors in one day.
Watch the video and go to the website here. There is a pretty neat interactive map showing the participating cafés and you can click on the area where you live to find one close to you. Click on “cafés”, “find a cafe” and click on your location.
Have you ever “paid it forward”either with coffee or a meal? I have and it’s a wonderful feeling. Leave me a comment and tell your story.