Our Essential Baking Company Wallingford Cafe Manager, Ashley Mengoni
has a big heart and a big idea! She’s come up with a way to provide warmth to
those in need. It’s called The Essential Baking Sospeso (Suspended Coffee) Project, and the concept is simple. Buy two coffees and take one. Simply request to purchase an extra cup of coffee with your order and receive a wooden token to place in the
jar on the cafe counter. A person in need will then be able to redeem your
token for a free cup of coffee at a later time.
The idea came when Ashley learned about caffè sospeso (translated from Italian: suspended coffee), the 100 year old tradition in Naples, Italy where someone would order a sospeso (suspended), paying the price of two coffees but receiving and drinking only one. A person in need would later inquire whether there was a sospeso available and would then be served a free cup of hot coffee. This tradition is being embraced in Europe today during tough economic times, as reported by NPR in April 2013.
Ashley brought the idea to her team at The Essential Baking Company and discussed it with Rex of Homeless In Seattle, who posted the following on the Homeless In Seattle Facebook Page, ”Three weeks ago Ashley Mengoni, the manager of The Essential Baking Company in Wallingford, came to the (Homeless In Seattle) office to chat about a beautiful idea she was having, one that provided for those in need, she would loveLOVE to offer a FREE cup of coffee at the Bakery for those that were living on the street, wowWOW!
Her thought is that customers could buy a cup of coffee for someone by purchasing a wooden token that would then get dropped into a jar on the counter; easy peazy!
Imagine all the good GOOD feelings that will come from this, the conversations AND connections!
Ashley you are really remarkable, THANK YOU for acting on your compassion, for finding a beautiful way to help connect community.
Wallingford neighborhood | Rex”
Come visit us at The Essential Baking Company Wallingford Cafe and help us spread the word about The Wallingford Project.