NAPLES, ITALY - 12 DECEMBER 2014: Simone Cirella, 42, serves two espresso coffees at "Caffè Svelato", a cafè he owns in Naples, Italy, on December 12th 2014. Caffè Svelato is part of the "Rete del Caffè Sospeso" (Suspended Coffee Network).
A caffè sospeso,or suspended coffee, is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. The tradition began in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone would order a sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. A poor person enquiring later whether there was a sospeso available would then be served a coffee for free.