In Naples, in Sanità district, when someone was happy after something good had happened, instead of paying one coffee they would pay for two, leaving on the table the second one for the next client. That gesture was called “caffè sospeso”, literally, a coffee “on hold”. Then, when a homeless walked into the cafè, he would ask if there was any “sospeso”. In some sort of way, it was like buying coffee to the humanity.
Luciano de Crescenzo, “I pensieri di bellavista”.
(via Daniele Schettino)
Monday Oct 10 @ 01:16pm
tagged as: coffee. luciano de crescenzo. naples. traditions. persitudini. caffè sospeso.
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