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The social tradition of pending coffee

Pending coffee (in Naples 'O ccafè suspes) is a habit that was once very much alive in the Neapolitan social tradition. It is about offering a cup of espresso for the benefit of a stranger.
When a customer orders a pending coffee, he pays two coffees while receiving just one. In this way, when a needy person enters the bar, he can ask if there is a pending coffee: if so, he receives a cup of coffee as if it had been offered by the previous customer.
The practice of the pending coffee has also been proven in some bars in Bulgaria, Ireland, Spain, Canada, France, Belgium, Greece and Argentina.
“Pending coffee” is also the title of a book written by the Neapolitan writer Luciano De Crescenzo.

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