Originally Broadcast Sat 31 May 2014 at 9:48am
They say that charity begins at home, but now it can start at your local cafe. The growing international trend of buying two coffees and leaving one ‘in suspense’ is a new incarnation of an old trend that is thought to have started more than a century ago in the working class cafes of Naples in Italy.
The story goes that when a person experienced good luck they would buy two coffees, one for themselves, and one for someone in need. After the Second World War the tradition declined but since the GFC there’s been a resurgence and it’s spread to the cafes of Europe, US, Canada, South America and here in Australia.
We visit a couple of Brisbane cafes that have taken the suspended coffee movement to heart.