The Suspended Coffees movement was born on March 27, 2013. The idea to start this movement belongs to John M. Sweeney, after he read about an old Italian tradition called café sospeso.
John M. Sweeney, founder of the Suspended Coffees movement, first came up with the idea of promoting the concept after reading about an old Italian tradition called café sospeso. The tradition began in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone who could afford to do so would order a café sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. The second coffee could then be claimed by someone less fortunate.
John was so taken with the idea that he immediately went to work creating the Facebook page Suspended Coffees, and on March 27, 2013, the Suspended Coffees movement was born.
The progress has been astounding. In its first year alone, Suspended Coffees attracted over 1400 supporting cafes, and over a quarter of a million Facebook followers. The success of the page, and the movement itself, has made a difference to so many.
who we are
Shannon believes in kindness, and she also knows a secret; she knows the secret to success. It’s…wait for it…kindness! When you bring kindness into your daily life, the end result is always success, because it creates a ripple that goes on, often changing direction, speed, even size. She also knows there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. It might be a simple act, but it’s never small, because the impact is always great. This is her definition of success, and her goal is to see this be commonplace in every business and individual she works with. She’s all about creating ripples.
Shannon’s ‘cover’ is working in an accounting office for a regional coffee roaster, in the Midwest, USA. By day, she works with coffee shops, restaurants, and corporate businesses. She also has over 20 years of experience in account management, sales, and customer service. This experience has helped her tremendously with Suspended Coffees.
By night, Shannon works with other ‘difference makers’ and ‘kindness leaders’ around the world, building solid partnerships with them. She also works closely with Debbie, on day to day business, strategic planning, and potential projects for the organization. She oversees the volunteers and their roles as well, and if you’ve ever contacted Suspended Coffees, you’ve likely heard from her.
The team has often felt that Shannon was operating incognito, and at one point, thought her cover was blown when a picture of Wonder Woman was floating around somewhere.
Debbie is Director of Product Development for a niche market software company developing applications for law firms. She has a long history of customer service based roles that involve listening to people’s needs, analyzing their requirements and finding relevant solutions. Debbie is passionate in her belief that small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. When she heard about Suspended Coffees, a movement that perfectly embodies this principle, she was eager to be involved.
As our COO and Café Co-ordinator, Debbie works closely with Shannon in the day-to-day running of the organization, and strategic planning and development. She is the key point of contact for supporting cafés around the world, welcoming them aboard, helping them to get up and running, and dealing with any queries going forward. Debbie likes to visit all the cafés via their websites and Facebook pages and says locating them brings her an added benefit in improving her appalling knowledge of geography.
Matt has several passions in life, including coffee. As well as running his own web development company since 2005, he’s an avid singer of a cappella, and loves to watch (his playing days are over) many sports, in particular his beloved Everton FC.
Matt’s working relationship with Debbie goes back to the mid-90’s, and when working on another project together, and Debbie mentioned her involvement with Suspended Coffees, Matt jumped at the opportunity to get on board and bring the brand up to date, no questions asked. Matt’s team of expert designers and developers have given Suspended Coffees a new impetus, and a base on which to build the next phase of this fantastic movement.
When he retires, Matt would like to visit as many Suspended Coffees cafés as possible, and buy at least one extra coffee in each.
Facebook Page Manager
Tara hails from Ohio, USA, though her gypsy soul finds itself wandering the planet, engaging fresh faces and fresh ideas on a regular basis.
Her degree is in Interpersonal Communication with a focus in International Communication and Ethnic Studies, making her a perfect fit as our Facebook Page Manager. She loves interacting with our diverse group of followers from around the world. Her favorite aspect of managing the page is calling upon this diverse group to stretch their minds in an effort to understand one another, as kindness that discriminates is kindness that still has some growing to do.
Tara and her husband own two small businesses. CTO is a training company specializing in health and safety and a variety of other employee growth opportunities. Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House is their newest venture, located right in the heart of the neighborhood in which they are active community members. Tara also works part-time as a provider for individuals with differing abilities and takes pride in her own innate ability to cultivate their lives in such a way that they meet their full potential.
Things that make her happy include, but are not limited to: exploring the world with reckless abandon, hummus, going barefoot, fresh faces, noticing the little details you probably missed, listening to her children laugh, and not forgetting her sunglasses.
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