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Történet egy igazán megindító kezdeményezésről. Csatlakozzunk mi is!

This story will warm you better than a coffee on a cold winter day:

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 for 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 café. 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?”

It's simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

source: Facebook


Hopefully, ´caffe sospeso´ (literally meaning coffee ´in suspense´) or ´suspended coffee´ will soon be an expression we are all familiar with. There is already a Facebook page devoted to spreading this form of solidarity with a growing community of supporters and fans since it was founded at the beginning of the year. However, the ´caffe sospeso ´ movement has been around for a much longer time. It was launched on Easter Monday in April 2004 by Charity Patrol, a solidarity movement for the homeless in Florence and was propagated by an online Italian newspaper, Nove da Firenze, basically asking people to pay for a coffee or cappuccino for those who cannot afford it. But the initiative was not a new one in Italy. In Naples, for example, the tradition of ´caffe sospeso´ dates back to the times of post-war poverty. In a country where coffee-culture is as important as teatime in Britain, getting your everyday cup of coffee was always more of a basic necessity than an extra treat. This is why those who could still afford to buy coffee in the economic crises after the war, paid for an extra one in advance for anyone less fortunate who came after them. This habit of paying for two coffees but only drinking one spread quickly because Neapolitans also believed it would bring them good fortune.

More recently, the movement has appeared in Bulgaria. In a country that is presently one of the least wealthy members of the European Union and people are struggling with serious economic problems, more and more cafes are joining the ´suspended coffee´ movement. There are more than 150 cafes holding coffees in suspense, but several fast food places and grocery stores have also adopted the initiative and encourage people to buy an extra loaf of bread or some other food for those in need and with less luck in the present hard times.

hopefully - remélhetőleg
literally - szószerint
suspense - felfüggesztés, visszatartás, bizonytalanság
to suspend - felfüggeszteni, elhalasztani
to be familiar with (something) - ismerni valamit
to devote - szentelni valamit (pl. időt) valamire
to spread - terjeszteni
solidarity - szolidaritás
community - közösség
supporter - támogató
movement - mozgalom
to be around - jelen lenni
to launch - beindítani, elkezdeni, bevezetni
homeless - hajléktalan
to propagate - hírdetni, népszerűsíteni, propagálni
basically - alapvetően
to afford - megengedni valamit magának (anyagilag)
initiative - kezdeményezés
to date back - származni, eredni, visszanyúlni 
poverty - szegénység, nincstelenség
necessity - szükség, életszükségleti cikk
treat - jutalom(falat)
in advance - előre
less fortunate - kevésbé szerencsés
habit - szokás
to believe - hinni
good fortune - jó szerencse
to appear - feltűnni, előbukkanni
presently - jelenleg
least - legkevésbé
wealthy - gazdag, jómódú
to struggle - küzdeni
serious - komoly
to join - csatlakozni
to adopt - (itt) elfogadni, alkalmazni
to encourage - bátorítani, buzdítani


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