The concept of Caffè Sospeso or Suspended Coffee started in Naples. Caffè Sospeso is simply an act of kindness where you pay for another person’s coffee in advance! It is an exceptionally generous way to offer a drink to another and also share more joy! The Netflix documentary “Coffee for All” touches on this subject.
Coffee for All- A Netflix Documentary
Coffee for All is a one hour documentary dedicated to the institution of coffee. It centres around “caffe` sospeso” and is filmed in the three cities of Naples, New York and Buenos Aires.
The documentary starts with the buzzing streets of Naples, where a 20-something Giancarlo is seen working in a local Bar named Caffè Sospeso. Giancarlo is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. But his good attitude pushes a Charity to train him as a Barista alongside.
Additionally, Giancarlo loves coffee!! It is evident as he is seen working and serving coffee to the customers in the Bar. He takes orders swiftly, listens patiently to his bosses and desperately tries to sort out his life. Having a new born baby at home, he vows to do everything for his family. This is the story that touched me most.
This was a more glamorous coffee story from the city of New York. It shows Elisabeth Cardiello’s life and the coffee legacy by her late father. Elisabeth is the proud owner of the brand Unimatic and shares her coffee rituals with the viewers. Elizabeth’s story on coffee is quite similar to her zest for life. She considers coffee as a “YOU” time and links it to family. She values Italian traditions more than anything, despite having lived in the United States. This wasn’t my favorite coffee story but it was engaging and fancier.
The third city in Coffee for All documentary is the lively Argentinean city of Buenos Aires. This story is about a bartender and a writer, both part of a quaint cafe set up. The writer is always busy scribbling in his notebook along with a cup of coffee on his table. He often explains observations of the people to the viewers while the bartender is shown working in the background. Additionally, the bartender has two lives, one in the cafe and another as a transvestite at night!
This part of the documentary shows the booming coffee culture of Buenos Aires in a subtle way. I could understand a lot of the Spanish that the Argentines spoke.
The concept of suspended coffee is beautiful. After all, these small acts of kindness are exactly what the world needs right now, doesn’t it?? Let’s prove that the generosity of the human heart is immense. If you’re looking for a slow paced film, I highly recommend watching Coffee for All. The film is odd in parts but it is manageable to watch as its very short.
Also check out this fun video on Caffe` Sospeso below
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