Caring coffee shop owners have taken a ‘pay it forward’ scheme a step further to offer people the chance to help others.
Harley’s Coffee Shop in Union Road, Camelon, has joined the suspended coffee scheme which allows customers to buy a voucher for a coffee for someone who isn’t able to afford one.
The unique concept started in the Italian city of Naples, and is having a rebirth in cash-strapped UK.
Cafe owners Jade Harley (21), from Falkirk, and her aunt Karen Leckie (36), from Hallglen, are hoping the community will get on board.
The scheme is based on good faith. Anyone can enter a participating shop and ask for a suspended coffee without being challenged if they are needy or not.
However, Jade and Karen are confident locals will not take advantage and want community and pensioner groups to get in touch to snap up some of the vouchers, which they have extended to other products like soup or sandwiches.
Former Graeme High pupil Jade (21), who completed an HND hospitality management course last year, said: “We want the cafe to have a strong place in the community, welcoming everyone, whether they are rich or poor.
“Some people may be down on their luck, homeless, be struggling parents or may not be able to afford to have a coffee outside their homes so these are the people we would hope to help through the scheme.
Karen said: “We’d really like groups and organisations that work with disadvantaged people or maybe people with health problems or youth groups to get in touch with us.
For more information contact Harley’s Coffee House on (01324) 229225.
The suspended coffee idea is when you buy a coffee you pay for a second one.
When someone who can’t afford a coffee comes in, they can ask for a suspended one.
If there are any pre-paid coffees, the person is given one.
The tradition of suspended coffee dates back over a century to Naples.
It declined in popularity after World War II, but was re-invented during the latest global economic crisis.