NAPLES, ITALY - 12 DECEMBER 2014: Ciro Pipolo, a 45 years old barista, serves an espresso coffee at Bar Settebello, a cafe that is part of the "Rete del Caffè Sospeso" (Suspended Coffee Network) in Naples, Italy, on December 12th 2014.
A caffè sospeso,or suspended coffee, is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. The tradition began in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone would order a sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. A poor person enquiring later whether there was a sospeso available would then be served a coffee for free.
- ©2014 Gianni Cipriano
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