Would you buy a stranger a cup of coffee?
The Suspended Coffee system has become popular today, because of the wide social media coverage it received. Such a medium, with all its faults, manages to throw up reasons as to why it can be made into a very useful tool for the welfare of society, and the publicity of The Suspended Coffee system is proof of that fact.
This system was started in Italy many years ago. Under this system, one can walk into a café, and pay for not just his/her own coffee, but also another cup of coffee, which will not be served to the person in question, but to someone in need who might walk into the café looking for something warm and refreshing. In Italy, this practice has been going on for about a hundred years, but it became much more prominent after the Second World War. Today, this system has spread very far and wide in the west, and many people walk into a café and pay for a suspended coffee, which is then served to someone in need.
For most of us, paying for a cup of coffee is not a big deal at all. We drink quite a few cups of java every day, but most of us forget about those who might really need it to warm themselves up. Especially in the colder regions, a cup of coffee can really make a difference to someone who is constantly out in the cold. Instead of the homeless having to shame themselves by going and begging at cafes, the Suspended Coffee system ensures the fact that the café serves the person in need without stopping to bother about the loss they’ll be making.
The concept is a very novel and warm one, because a cup of coffee might not fulfill someone’s nutritional needs, but it surely brings about a smile to the person’s face. A cup of coffee does not just warm someone up, the caffeine in it gives out energy, and makes people feel happy. Spreading a little bit of joy, for an even smaller cost, does not seem like a big deal, but it is, in the life of the recipient of the suspended coffee.
Most of the small coffee chains in the west have taken to the suspended system. However, the bigger chains are far more hesitant to get involved in it, although they are trying to incorporate the system is some form or the other. The system in itself might not be a very substantial one, but it a proof of an honestly warm-hearted gesture which one can make on a regular basis. Being responsible for another human’s being’s basic food and maintenance might scare off many people, but the thought of paying for an extra cup of coffee does not have the same effect.
The Suspended Coffee System promotes a very small but significant gesture. It spreads joy, and it imparts warmth in the lives of those who need it the most. And most of all, it restores one’s faith in humanity, and in the ability to do good, in however small a way.