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Suspended Coffee in Perth and Fremantle

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Published August 4th 2013
Pay it forward with coffee
Not being a huge drinker of coffee, when my friend first told me about suspended coffee I put it in the same category as other coffee types; latte, cappuccino, suspended, short black, espresso.

Little did I know that it is something very, very different. The concept of a suspended coffee originated in Naples, Italy where you can pay for a cup of coffee and then suspend the sale until someone needy came into the shop and wanted a coffee but didn't have the money for it. It really is a cool little concept.

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A suspended coffee supporter - MadLily's Espresso Shop, Perth

Just starting to take off in Perth, suspended coffees are only available at a few coffee shops, mostly located in Perth City and Fremantle.

Mugshots Expresso Bar, Fremantle, suspended coffee
A suspended coffee supporter - Mugshots Expresso Bar, Fremantle

Some stores have a chalkboard list of how many coffees are available while others have a sign at the counter saying they are 'Suspended Coffee Supporters' and others you will need to ask whether they do it or not.

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Tally board at Mugshots, Fremantle

For the cynics within my friendship group, it has been suggested that this is just a clever marketing ploy by coffee shop owners and that these suspended coffees will end up being similar to gift vouchers that never get used and therefore extra profit for the shop owners. Others also say that the 'needy' people would never walk into swanky coffee shops to claim a coffee. And others say why a coffee and not something with a bit more nutrition?

We must remember that most of these shops are coffee shops. It is what they specialise in, so coffee is what they are offering. Some of the coffee shops listed are actually making contact with homeless shelters to help spread the word so that people actually come into their shop to claim a coffee. And yes, some suspended coffees may never be claimed, but isn't doing something to help others, better than doing nothing at all?

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A suspended coffee supporter - Croissant Express, Perth

The following is a list of coffee shops who offer suspended coffees. Support them so they can support others.

MadLily's Espresso Shop, London Court, Perth
Mugshots Espresso Bar, Collie Street, Fremantle
Croissant Express, Carillion Arcade, Murray Street, Perth
The Little Concept, 7 Wray Avenue, Fremantle
Shots on Lake, 101 Lake Street, Perth
Woogi Espresso, 7/26 St. Georges Terrace, Perth
Woogi Espresso, 239 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Barre Lounge Café, 825 Hay Street, Perth
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Your Comment
Great Article. I love this idea.
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 2996 days ago
Good idea. Though who decides who is needy and who is not? Someone who looks like they may have money but in reality only have a few dollars to get them through till their next payday or someone who is homeless?
by thriftyfrugalfun (score: 1|37) 2995 days ago
XWray in Freo also does suspended coffees
by Donna (score: 0|2) 2995 days ago
The Little Concept in Freo also do suspended bagels.
by Jo (score: 0|2) 2989 days ago
Is there anywhere in Mandurah that does this?
by rache (score: 0|2) 2844 days ago
CRN Kitchen in Northbridge do suspended coffees and susended plates for homeless people.
by aquil (score: 0|2) 2796 days ago
The Crooked Spire in Midland also does Suspended Coffees [=
by Croco (score: 0|2) 1463 days ago
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