Pay it forward with a cup of suspended coffee this winter
Café Sospeso is a kind of beautiful simple concept, from Italy, of sharing coffee with a community, buy one cup for yourself, and buy one cup for someone else. Then someone who may not have been afforded a cup of coffee before can come in and get their brew with dignity, without handing over any cash.
Still, as with all charitable concepts, here in South Africa, there are believers and naysayers. If you read this article by Mahala apparently the “Coffee-Apartheid” is coming.
Some say this may even cause discrimination as to who walks in and gets the coffee and judgement of who can and can't afford it.
But, if you look at Charly’s Bakery, they’ve asked their own community about how they would participate, even with cupcakes.
Haas Collective has a different point of view – they are going for it! And, alll those #suspendedcoffees that aren’t consumed during the week will be personally taken over to a shelter by the Haas team themselves. Inge, from Haas, has even set up an additional notification on their system to allow the team to keep track of who’s bought that second cup to give away.
It seems like a pretty great idea, but there could be some flaws in the system. Should we do something rather than nothing or will this system be taken advantage of? Seems a bit sticky.
What we want to know is: do you think this Italian means of sharing coffee could work in our Mother City?
And, please, leave comments below on how we can make it work for us, here in Cape Town. We’ll be letting coffee shop owners in on your ideas.
If you are interested in finding out more about the concept you can follow #suspendedcoffees on twitter @food24, and @haascoffee.
By: Shaina Herman