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An Italian tradition of coffee charity is beginning to spread across the globe. Patrons pay in advance for one or more coffees that they don’t drink.

A Facebook user posted a story this week on Starbucks’ time about watching a series of people order and pay for a number of “suspended coffees” but only leave with one or two in hand. The story continues that a person who cannot afford to pay for a coffee will ask for one of those “suspended coffees” and then enjoy hot fresh coffee with thanks.

As it turns out, this Italian tradition got it’s start in Naples, and it’s come back to light as the trend picks up steam in other countries where economic troubles are taking their toll. One such country is Bulgaria, where poverty is high, according to RawStory.com. 150 Bulgarian coffeehouses have adopted the Italian “cafe sospeso” initiative.

Keep an eye open the next time you’re in line for a coffee and pay it forward.

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