Being fifty-something, I’ve survived a plethora of special days dedicated to all sorts of causes, people, genders … and so on. This one really floats my boat.
Today is the First Annual Suspended Coffee Day. Tadah!
What is a suspended coffee?
The official website says it best:
“Many years ago in Naples, Italy, a tradition was born… Espresso Sospeso
Translating as ‘suspended coffee’, the idea is simple.
Someone goes into a cafe, bakery, restaurant and pre-purchases a coffee or food.
This is then a ‘suspended coffee’.
Someone in need can then go into the business and ask if they have any suspended coffees.
They are then provided with warmth and nourishment at no cost to themselves.
Paying it forward, one coffee at a time.
Simple. Sweet. Do-able. And how cool that today, June 1st, the first day of our Aussie winter, has been dubbed the First Annual Suspended Coffee Day (by the Suspended Coffee Society Melbourne).
I figure Geelong is close enough to Melbourne, so I sought out the local Suspended Coffee Society Geelong Facebook page and found a list of the fabulous businesses participating in the suspended coffee program:
Lavish Specialty Coffee (Geelong)
Lavish Specialty Coffee (Belmont)
Melting Moments (Belmont)
Community Cafe (Corio)
Cravings without the guilt cafe (Geelong)
Gobble Coffee & Food (East Geelong)
Warren and Hutch (Geelong West)
Ginger Mai’s (Queenscliff)
Caffe Smudge (Geelong West)
2 & 5 Fresh Food Shop and Cafe (Norlane)
Ramsays (Geelong West)
Michel’s Patisserie (Ocean Grove)
Little Europe Cafe (Geelong)
Several options there in my suburb. I decided to head to Warren and Hutch in Pakington Street, Geelong West. I hadn’t checked out Warren and Hutch since new owners took over a few months back. Another great reason to make that my target.
I ordered a coffee for myself and, using the spare change in my purse, I suspended two more.
It felt pretty damned good.
At the same time, I had a poke around the new-look Warren and Hutch.
“We are all free range. From the paddock to your plate. Nose to tail butchery.”
Lots of freshly made fare on offer.
And this awesome wallpaper.
Next time you’re buying yourself a coffee, why not pay it forward to a stranger in need? I guarantee your own coffee will be all the more satisfying.