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Would 'suspended' coffees work in Gloucester?

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: April 02, 2013

Would 'suspended' coffees work in Gloucester?

Would 'suspended' coffees work in Gloucester?

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There is a new coffee idea in town. And Gloucester's many coffee shops could be the place to try out a 'suspended' coffee.

It's not a new type of latte, flat white or mocha, it's actually an act of kindness.

The idea is that when coffee drinkers place their order, they also request a second drink for someone who cannot afford to pay.

It means that homeless people or those who are out of work and broke can have a warm drink.

The concept was born in Italy, but is spreading around the world via social networks. Stories posted about it include people hearing lawyers ordering three coffees and three 'suspended' and later seeing a homeless man ordering his suspended coffee.

It has taken off in Bulgaria and there are already Facebook sites and fan pages for the UK, Germany, Ireland and even in Shanghai.

Stores in Exeter, Glasgow, Hull and London have all joined the movement, according to the 'Suspended Coffee' Facebook page, which has about 23,000 'likes'.

A Starbucks spokesman said 'suspended coffee is a really interesting campaign and we're looking into it'.

But others have criticised the movement. Consumerist website points out that those people who need the help are unlikely to be on Facebook and aware of it, and  that people who are not in need of help might take advantage of the scheme. It also suggests ctually speaking to someone who is homeless and offering them a drink or something more nutritious.

Would you buy 'suspended' coffee or do you know of people who would benefit from it? Let us know your thoughts by emailing citizen.news@glosmedia.co.uk

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  • honslknjklyt  |  April 02 2013, 1:13AM

    Even the name "a suspended coffee" has an air of the ridiculous about it. Of course there will then be the argument of what kind of coffee is the suspended coffee - is it a latte, is it an americano, is it even a mochachocachinolattiato! There is a price list, does it include any flavourings? The ones who would find this hard to manage would be the shop staff. It would be very difficult indeed and the ones who would take the pee out of this scheme are not backwards in coming forward. There would also be pensioners who think they are entitled as they are after all a pensioner and in their mind by default that means they are in poverty, they have been fed it for so long they actually believe it.

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  • RoadWombat  |  April 01 2013, 8:15PM

    Surely none if you are THAT naive, are you? If you really want to help, buy your own coffee, then offer to pay the company the COST PRICE of supplying the second one and DEMAND that they honour that. With the huge profit margins in the coffee scam game, 20p will be way more than sufficient. Then see how caring they really are!

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  • honslknjklyt  |  April 01 2013, 1:59PM

    No way hosea would I be a part of this and would probably avoid coffee shops that were a part of this scheme. There would be the usual lot of peetakers, the beggars who get money for food, would not spend that money on food and so there is a bit more for their drugs, what happens if there are no "suspended coffees"? Are they going to start harassing people in there saying "can you buy me a suspended coffee, I've had nothing to eat or drink"? It sounds a nice idea in theory but I think this would be massively abused and would not reach out to the people who need it. Aside that, coffee at places like costa coffee and starbucks is a bit of a luxury. If we know someone is needy, then they will be appreciative of a more downmarket greasy spoon cafe that costs a lot less.

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  • Hadagmaja  |  April 01 2013, 2:29AM

    Knowing Brits, they would probably abuse the scheme...

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  • raidermanuk  |  April 01 2013, 1:49AM

    Clever way to increase sales to those who would never buy in the first place and would never do so in the future. I would have thought a freebie from Greggs would be more appropriate.

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  • Bonkim  |  March 31 2013, 11:43PM

    Just a con to increase sales - and seriously if I was down and out, the last thing I want would be a Starbucks Coffee - would rather I was given the cash. A passing fad. If people have surplus cash - give it to the food bank or your local good cause - don't inflate profits of the coffee ship.

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  • tishwash  |  March 31 2013, 8:28PM

    haha I guess a TiG reporter saw the Facebook 'shares' going around recently and decided to write a story on it, fair play though. As for whether it's worth it, nope, what happens if lots of 'people requiring suspended coffees' go into starbucks and can't get one as there's none left, or perhaps they get into a fight over the last one ? Why not just buy a coffee and take it directly to a person in need? Also, there's a guy on promenade every morning near the start of cavendish house, don't give him anything! heck he has a mobile phone that he 'hides' when people are around but I've seen him use a good number of times.

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  • Tree1974  |  March 31 2013, 7:39PM

    I would buy a suspended coffee, it is a direct way to help someone without giving them money for drugs and alcohol. Whilst the homeless, old or vulnerable may not have Facebook surely the scheme could be promoted to them by the police, street pastors and other agencies that interven in their lives? There will always be sceptics just the same as there will always be people who abuse the scheme but that would be a risk I would be happy to take.

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  • thomas1996  |  March 31 2013, 7:30PM

    What if the person ordering the first coffee is also broke?

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