Would 'suspended' coffees work in Gloucester?
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.
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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.
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