What is a caffè sospeso?

Do you really know?

Sep 28 2023 • 4 mins

Caffè sospeso literally translates to English as a ‘suspended coffee’. It’s an Italian tradition whereby cafe customers pay for an extra coffee that will be put aside, for a poor person to claim at a later time. The caffè sospeso idea can be extended to other types of food, and it’s seen a revival in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s believed the caffè sospeso tradition was born in Naples’ historic Gambrinus café, around the start of the 20th century. Is it only the Italians who are big on solidarity then? And how do we know for sure that what we pay forward actually gets given out to a person in need? In under 3 minutes, we answer your questions! To listen to the last episodes, you can click here : Do anti-anxiety patches really work? What are Incels? Which foods shouldn't be eaten together? A podcast written and realised by Joseph Chance. In partnership with upday UK. First brodcast: 20/08/2020 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices