Suspended Coffee Movement Coming to Calgary?

The suspended coffee idea works when a customer purchasing a coffee buys an additional beverage for an unknown person unable to afford their own.

Suspended coffees have taken Europe by storm over the last few days. If you haven’t heard about the phenomenon, don’t worry; the idea just arrived from across the Atlantic after (apparently) originating in Naples, Italy.
The suspended coffee idea works when a customer purchasing a coffee buys an additional beverage for an unknown person unable to afford their own. The barista makes a note of the order and when a less fortunate person inquires if there are any “suspended coffees” available, they pour them a freshly brewed cup.
Here in Calgary, Kensington’s Higher Ground is pondering on a plan to integrate the system. On the coffee shop’s Facebook page, there is an ongoing discussion on how the program would work and who would be able to claim a “suspended” drink. So far, over 150 people have “liked” Higher Ground’s status asking customers if they would support the initiative. However, in addition to the “Who would qualify?” question, there are a few more concerns being raised about the program’s effectiveness and value:
  • Should the “suspended” offer be applied to a more nutritious food or drink?
  • Should coffee shops turn away people if there are no more suspended drinks available?
  • Would people try to scam their way to a free coffee by dressing as a homeless person?

Today, Starbucks UK announced that it is moving forward with implementing the program and says they will match the coffee’s value and donate it to a charity. Cafes in Ontario have also joined the movement.

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