1 Year Anniversary of Suspended Coffees!
31 Mar 2014 | Adam
A little over a year ago I was told about this idea called “Suspended Coffees”. We discussed it as a team here at Cup From Above and decided to go ahead with it on the 1st April 2013. You can read the original blog post here. I went and bought this little rack from my mate Brad at Bargain City for $2. I fixed it to the wall and cut up some little cardboard hearts as tokens. I didn’t expect that it would be on national TV or that it would be discussed in Parliament. If only I knew I would’ve got the upmarket rack for $5. 😛
What I didn’t understand at the time is most of us don’t know how to help people. Most of us want this world to be better and we know that comes through sharing and loving and helping people in need-but how? Suspended Coffees aren’t the solution. I think they’re simply a window into what we hope our world could be. A $4 token of Hope. You see I was worried about this at the start… and nearly didn’t do it… I thought it might cheapen the sincerity of a genuine caring interdependent community. The type of living community that revolves around our little cafe. It didn’t though. They became an ice breaker. A stepping stone to greater generosity. It quickly exceeded what I expected… I saw arrogant & selfish people giving for the first time. It was a way for them to dabble with generosity! I’ve seen the outrageous generosity of people who I know are extremely poor giving happily & wholeheartedly. And I’ve seen people who I know are rich in their wallets-but poor in the things that matter receive a coffee made with love-given by someone poorer than them. And it’s changed them for the better.
There was a lot of talk at the start about “the right people” getting one. The thing is no-one needs a coffee. But everyone needs love. This is just a small way for strangers to show anonymous generosity to each other. To show that they care and build community here.
Most days now we get more than one person in who’s feeling really broken and just needs a bit of support. They get to have a great cup of coffee and often get overwhelmed with compassion and end up in tears.
We’ve started getting more and more people who have needed food. There are many people in our community who simply can’t afford a meal some days and the basic food we can currently offer is enough to fill their bellies. We can’t offer much until the next stage of the cafe is finished. But as of today, on the anniversary of offering Suspended Coffees we’ll be offering “Suspended Tucker” tokens for $5.
It’s been such an honour to be able to host and facilitate this generosity but we can’t really take the credit. It only happens because you beautiful people have given selflessly. Your generosity have created these beautiful stories that help build such a great community here.
Thanks Aspley and all those around the world who have supported Suspended Coffees.
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