John Sweeney, founder of the Suspended Coffee movement, first came up with the idea after reading a story about some friends at a coffee shop, discussing what a “suspended coffee” is. He knew he’d always wanted to make a difference in this world, and after reading this story, he knew in his heart that he’d found what he was looking for.
He was so deeply moved that he immediately went to work creating the Facebook page Suspended Coffees.
On March 27, 2013, the Suspended Coffees movement was born. Soon after that, something amazing happened. People loved the page and all of the heartwarming stories being shared daily, as well as the simple but amazing gesture of a suspended coffee.
The progress has been amazing, and the amount of people who have given of their time freely, to raise awareness, is unbelievable.
The progress since has been astounding, and the amount of people who have given of their time freely, to raise awareness, is heartwarming. We aspire to help others who may be down on their luck, having a bad day, or who just need a friend to show them that there is good in the world. To see the effect this movement is having on people, please check out our Facebook page, have a read, and you’ll see inspiration and kindness everywhere.
How It Works
It’s simple really. First instead of buying just one cup of coffee, you buy two or more. You buy one for yourself and one for someone in need. The barista gives you your coffee, then logs the second coffee as “suspended”. The coffee can then be redeemed in a number of ways.
When someone who can’t afford a coffee comes in, they can ask whether there are any “suspended” coffees. The barista checks the log and, if there are any pre-paid coffees, the person is given a free coffee. The transaction is then considered complete.
This one is a win-win! Your money doesn’t go to another state, country or continent. It stays right in the neighbourhood where it was spent. You not only support a person in need, you also support your local business and all its employees.
It can be used for more than just coffee. You could buy a hot bowl of nourishing soup, a filling sandwich, a cold drink, fruit, bread, or a full meal. Because of its simplicity, the suspended coffee idea makes it easy to duplicate with other food items. When you donate a suspended item, you’re not only satisfying a person’s immediate need, you may also be helping to restore their dignity or their faith in humanity.
A suspended coffee can be for anyone. It can be for the homeless man you pass every day on the street, a stressed student in the middle of exams, or a mom who needs a five minute break. It is not up to us to judge who is in need. If someone asks, then they are in need. It helps remind us that no matter how alone you may feel, there is always someone somewhere who cares. Being alone is the scariest thing in the world, and our desire is to brighten those dark days of loneliness and fear. Yes, it’s just a cup of coffee, but it’s about more than the coffee!
To find out more about Suspended Coffee, or to find a participating cafe' near you please visit www.suspendedcoffees.com