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Suspend a coffee for a Clayhall stranger

Gemma Walker and Simone Paga paying for an extra coffee from staff member Renata Bala. Gemma Walker and Simone Paga paying for an extra coffee from staff member Renata Bala.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
5:45 PM

You can buy a coffee for a stranger who cannot afford one thanks to a cafe in Clayhall.

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Cocoa Latte, in Beehive Lane, got involved in the suspended coffee scheme at the start of 2014 - and according to manager Sabrina Wahid, it has been a roaring success.

Suspended coffee sees members of the public pay for a cup of tea or coffee which can then be claimed by a complete stranger who cannot afford one.

The 30-year-old said: “The first week in January was very successful and it’s gone from strength to strength.

“People don’t have to prove that they can’t afford the coffee but thankfully the scheme hasn’t been exploited yet.

“It could be for anyone, it doesn’t have to be for unemployed or homeless people.” Suspended Coffee is a charity initiative which began in Naples, Italy last year and has quickly spread across the globe.

Part of the reason for that is the use of social networks such as Facebook and the concept is based on good faith by both the shops and customers.

Miss Wahid said: “It’s a great idea.

“We only have one customer who comes back for a suspended coffee on a regular basis, a woman with learning difficulties, so that suggests it’s reaching the right people.”

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