At the Storico Gran Caffe Gambrinus in Naples, Italy there is a donated receipt waiting behind the counter with the barista. It reads, “sospesso” and was left for a customer, by another customer. The two patrons may never know details of the other but this tradition brings them together supporting a random act of kindness. A caffe sospesso or a suspended coffee is a Neapolitan tradition created during World War II which is now making a comeback as Naples feels once again, the pressures of hard times.
Paying it forward is a wonderful tradition to uplift communities. How would you hope to see your community participate in random acts of kindness? Do you know a community who already has traditions like this?
Based off of an article in the New York Times.