In a week where the news has been dominated by the death of a certain ex-PM and the repercussions of her time in power, it’s nice to step away from the blaring headlines and social media squabbles and remind ourselves that actually there is such a thing as society.
Tomorrow sees the launch of the Suspended Coffee scheme in Liverpool, an idea that originated from Italy and is gathering popularity throughout the world. The principle behind it is simple – you pop in to buy your early morning double mocha latte Frappuccino (we have no idea if this is an actual drink but we would LOVE to try it) and when it comes to pay, ask to purchase a “suspended coffee” which will then be donated to someone less fortunate. It’s a really easy way to make a small difference in someone’s day.
The team kick-starting the scheme in Liverpool are Vicky Lewis and the owners of Gourmet Coffee, Andy Fernandez and Dean Bee. Whilst taking inspiration from the original idea, they’ve adapted it slightly in order to garner a wider reaching impact – rather than offering the coffee in store, they’ll collect the donations into a fund which will be used on a regular basis to distribute hot drinks to those sleeping rough, as well as local homeless shelters.
Each suspended coffee will cost a fixed fee of £1.50 and after the initial launch on Friday 12th April, the trio anticipate that the scheme will be adapted by other local businesses who would like to become involved.
If you’d like to show your support, the initiative kicks off tomorrow morning at Gourmet Coffee in Exchange Flags.