NAPLES, ITALY - 12 DECEMBER 2014: Pino De Stasio, owner of cafè Bar Settebello, operates the cash register in his cafè in Naples, Italy, on December 12th 2014. Bar Settebello is part of the "Rete del Caffè Sospeso" (Suspended Coffee Network).
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.