Our mission is to bring communities together in hope, to inspire and empower people to change lives, and to restore faith in humanity.
John M. Sweeney, founder and chief kindness officer of the Suspended Coffees movement, first came up with the idea of promoting the concept after reading a story about some friends at a coffee shop, discussing what a “suspended coffee” is. The tradition began in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone who had experienced good luck would order a cafe sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. John knew he’d always wanted to make a difference in the world, and after reading this story, he knew in his heart that he’d found what he was looking for.
He was so deeply moved that he immediately went to work creating the Facebook page Suspended Coffees, and on March 27, 2013, the Suspended Coffees movement was born. Soon after that, something amazing happened. People from all around the world loved the page and all of the heartwarming stories being shared daily, as well as the simple but amazing gesture of a suspended coffee. Even the fabulous George Takei was touched by our page, shared a post, and described us as being filled with inspiration. Here is John’s latest TEDx talk on how we can all beat bullying with kindness. <3
John set himself a goal of having five cafes on board within the first six months. In its first year alone, Suspended Coffees had over 1400 supporting cafes, and over a quarter of a million Facebook followers.
The progress since has been astounding, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of the people who have given of their time freely, with the day to day running of the organization, and to the countless people who help spread awareness. It’s truly heartwarming and inspiring. We aspire to help others who may be down on their luck, having a bad day, or who just need a friend to show them that there is good in the world. To see the effect this movement is having on people, please check out our Facebook page, have a read, and you’ll see inspiration and kindness everywhere.