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Buy a Cup, Give a Cup: The Idea Behind Suspended Coffee

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Suspended Coffees originated in Naples, Italy a century ago, with customers paying for two espressos, taking one, and instructing baristas to log the paid-for-but-untaken drink. Another patron could come in later and ask if any drinks were available and be served a warm beverage with dignity.

Coffee shops have adopted the program in different ways.

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