The best way to give to charity- the suspended coffee project


Perhaps you have noticed this story going around on Facebook, a story about a project which involves a “suspended coffee”.

We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:

Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend:What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?Wait for it and you will see…

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers: three for them and four ‘suspended’.

While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees, I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the cafe.
Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks:

Do you have a suspended coffee?

Suspended coffee means charity coffee, which means that you go into your usual coffee shop, buy yourself your normal Cappuccino, Late or coffee and you pay an extra coffee which you will not drink but you will leave it for someone in need.  That person in need, let’s say a homeless person, would come in the coffee shop later and ask for a suspended coffee and get it for free. I believe this is the easiest way to give to charity and actually know that it goes to charity.

Where did this thing start?

Now, first when I read about this story I found it as a good idea and I wondered how many people and coffee shops would be willing to do that.

So, I found out that first this project started in Italy, Naples, over 100 years ago ( according to wikipedia,see more of the story here) and spread all over the world…recently…

So I was curious how can you find out if your town has got coffee shops that participate in this project. Luckily, there is a website specially dedicated to this project


Where can I go pay a suspended coffee?

Now, you can go on the site and check if you favourite coffee shop does that and if not, you can spread the word around, ask the coffee shop owner if they would do it or just tell your friends.

These are the countries, towns and coffee shops that participate in this wonderful project:




E for Ethel (Adelaide)

Cup From Above (Aspley)

Coffee by Design (Ballarat)

That New Coffee Shop (Ballina)

Jam for Joe (Blackburn)

Hawker Street Cafe (Bowden)

Woolloongabba Antique Centre (Brisbane)

Espresso Train (Brisbane)

Thrive on George (Brisbane)

Ground (Buderim)

Chocs & Pops (Burleigh Heads)

Secret Buddha Cafe (Burnie)

UHUB Cairns Information Booking Hub (Cairns)

Baker Caker Coffeemaker (Collaroy)

The Gate Lounge Espresso Bar (Coolangatta)

Cheney’s Chocolate Cafe Corrimal (Corrimal)

Red Door Bakery (Croydon)

Aum Shanti (Frankston)

Conversations Cafe (Gawler)

Lavish Speciality Coffee (Geelong)

Lavish Speciality Coffee (Geelong)

Country Cob Bakery (Kyneton)

Valley Xpresso (Lilydale)

Harry’s Kiosk (Malvern)

T-Roy Browns (Melbourne)

De Alleyway (Melbourne)

Cafe 409 (Melbourne)

Mission Cafe (Melbourne)

Hit N Run (Nowra)

Passing Thyme Cafe (Nowra)

Michel’s Patisserie Nowra Mall (Nowra)

Sal’s Mobile Cafe (Nowra)

The Sparrow’s Nest (Perth)

Shots on Lake (Perth)

Chiado Restaurant & Wine Bar (Potts Point)

Amici Bakery Cafe (Prahran)

Harry’s Kiosk (Prahran)

Gibbo’s Truckwash & Cafe (Revesby)

Metis Rising (Sale)

In-Cog-Neato (South Brisbane)

Loading Dock Espresso (South Brisbane)

Baker Caker Coffeemaker (Sydney)

Espresso Organica (Sydney)

Bounce Toowoomba (Toowoomba)

Pages Cafe (West Ryde)

The Bridge Cafe Windsor (Windsor)

Valley Xpresso (Woori Yallock)

Yarragon Cafe (Yarragon)

Happymaree (Yarraville)



Taverna Rock (Alba)

Bistro de l’Arte (Brasov)

Ceainaria Tabiet (Bucharest)

Clock’s Pub (Bucharest)

Cafeneaua Actorilor de Vara – Tineretului (Bucharest)

BASM (Bucharest)

Bacania Veche (Bucharest)

Acuarela (Bucharest)

Black Jack Pub (Bucharest)

SO Cafe (Bucharest)

JazzBook (Bucharest)

Ceainaria Cinci (Bucharest)

Literat Caffe (Bucharest)

SubSol Bar (Bucharest)

Conservator Cafe (Bucharest)

Ludic (Bucharest)

Joie de Vivre, Salon du The (Bucharest)

Coftale (Bucharest)

Have a cigar (Bucharest)

Casa Margarit (Bucuresti)

ROCK IN REGIE (Bukarest)

Stage Cafe (Bukarest)

Serendipity Tea (Bukarest)

Francesca Patisserie – Cafe (Cluj-Napoca)

Old School Coffee House (Cluj-Napoca)

Zorki Photo Cafe (Cluj-Napoca)

Aviator Pub (Hermannstadt)

Kiddo Cafe (Iasi)

Acaju (Iasi)

Librăria Cărturești : Palas Mall (Lași)

Librăria Cărturești : Iulius Mall (Lași)

Apropo Cafe (Suceava)

Clubul Presei (Targu-Mures)

ATRA (Tesila)

Scârț Loc Lejer (Timișoara)

Hotel Carol Vatra Dornei (Vatra Dornei)



Dreadlovers (Antwerp)

Schoonvliet kaas & verfijning (Beveren-Waes)

Yeti (Brussels)

The Waterfront (Heist-aan-zee)

Brasserie De Bierkaai (Heusden-Zolder)

Koffie Onan (Leuven)



Oranje Koffiehuis (Arnhem)

Brasserie42 (Deventer)

Dorpshuis Dreischor (Dreischor)

Mocca d’Or – Meppel (Meppel)

Landwinkel De Munnikenhof (Rheden)

Living La Buena Vida (The Hague)

Dorphuis Zonnemaire (Zonnemaire)

Volkshuis (Zutphen)



Beans & Leaves (Athlone)

The Tea Rooms at Duckett’s Grove (Carlow)

Idaho Cafe (Cork)

Roughans (Derry)

Caffe’ Italiano (Dublin)

Soulful Bistro (Dublin)

Brioche Cafe (Dublin)

The Coffee Dock (Kilkenny)

Osta Cafe (Sligo)

Driftwood Coffee Cart (Sligo)

The Runner Bean Coffee Shop (Tipperary)



Le Fandango (Bayonne)



Hermsburger (Bielefeld)

Pizzeria Piccola (Bielefeld)

Café Vetter (Marburg)



Smak & Behag (Bodø)

Drengestua Kafe’ (Gjøvik)

Jensemann Pub (Kragerø)

Granum Bakeri AS (Lillehammer)

Rema 1000 Nymosvingen (Lillehammer)

Cafe Stasjonen (Lillehammer)

Kaffe og Sånt AS (Nesoddtangen)

Søstrene Conradi (Oslo)

Møteplassen (Rjukan)

Sitt Ned kunst & kafé (Skien)

Annas Kafé (Trondheim)

Pikekyss (Ålesund)

Nabostua Kafe&Kaffebar (Øvrebø)



Kerlune Café (Brest)

Berlucoquet (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc)

John’s Bar (Grenoble)

Stratto Grenoble (Grenoble)

Le Zèbre À Pois (Rouen)

Zooloo Pub Roi Né (Rouen), cybercafé (Saint-girons)



Módszertani Kabinet (Budapest)

A SzezON – zöld és gyümm (Budapest)

Kőleves (Budapest)

BEER-lak (Y Bar & Cafe) (Budapest)


United Kingdom

Yes Chef Cafe (Grimsby)

Lindley’s Cafe (Huddersfield)

Cafe Society (Huddersfield)

TIME Circa 2010 (Huddersfield)

The Filling Station Cafe (Keswick)

Gourmet Coffee (Liverpool)

Coffee7 FG (London)

Thornton Cafe (Ryde)


United States

Barista’s Coffee House (Houston)

Olé Latte Coffee (Portland)



Bernards City (Jönköping)

Comfort Hotel Winn (Umeå)

Statoil Visby Söderväg (Visby)

Hjärtansfröjd café och catering (Visby)

Stigs Café och Bageri AB (Värnamo)



La Traviata (Lublin)

Cafe La Ruina (Poznan)



Ô deux soeurs (Montréal)

La Petite Cuillère (Montréal)

Perkins Coffee Company (Nanaimo)

Tam Tam Café (Quebec)

Le Tassé – Café de quartier (Sherbrooke)

Café Bohème Tadoussac (Tadoussac)



Emmi (Sankt Pölten)

Tachles (Wien)



GrekoCafe (Sofia)

Пиано бар Camino (Sofia)



Ristorante La Muscandia (Torino)




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