Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

Poll: Cafe owner embraces ‘Suspended Coffee’ idea to help those in need in Bury St Edmunds

13:24 10 January 2014

Café del Mar in Bury St Edmunds is launching a

Café del Mar in Bury St Edmunds is launching a 'suspended coffee' scheme where customers can choose to pay for a coffee which a needy person can go and get for free later. Pictured is owner Maria Crick.

Archant

As well as enjoying a hot drink and a bite to eat, customers of a Bury St Edmunds cafe will soon be able to do a good deed at the same time.

Cafe owner Maria Crick, who opened Cafe del Mar in St John’s Street in October, has embraced the idea of ‘Suspended Coffee’, a movement which has been growing in popularity around the world.

It is based on a simple idea: customers can purchase an extra cup of coffee to be given to someone in need.

Ms Crick’s interest was sparked when she saw a discussion on social media website Streetlife about the possibility of starting the scheme up locally.

She said: “Because Bury is perceived as a very well-heeled area I think it gets missed there’s people who cannot afford to come out and buy a coffee.”

Ms Crick said there was no reason why cafes could not be professionally-run, with excellent food, coffee and service, and also have a social and environmental conscious.

“The world is a nicer place if a few more people do more things just to be nice to other people,” she said.

Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive of charity Gatehouse, which helps the most needy and disadvantaged in west Suffolk, said Suspended Coffee had the potential to help a particular sector of Bury society.

She said: “One of the groups of people who are not keen to accept help are the elderly because they are quite proud.

“And Bury has a high number of elderly people and a coffee shop is not somewhere they will look out of place.”
She said the town’s foodbank, which Gatehouse runs, provided more than 500 food parcels last year for people in Bury, and the charity expected the need to increase at the end of this month.

Ms Crick said she needed to finalise how she was going to administer the scheme. She said there was the risk it could be abused, but she felt this was unlikely to happen in Bury.

If anyone is able to offer any advice or ideas on the initiative contact her by emailing maria@cafedelmarltd.com

For more information about the Suspended Coffee movement visit http://thesuspendedcoffees.wordpress.com

3 comments

  • The idea actually started in Italy and has since spread around the world

    Report this comment

    spanner16

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I wonder if she got this idea from my share on Facebook (idea sprouted in America).

    Report this comment

    Kimberly

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • iam looking at this and thinking what is she giving ? All I can see is her selling extra cups of coffee ,get free publicity ,when it's up and running of should I say if, i wonder if she will have the same enthusiasm when the shop gets full of people collecting free coffee and buying nothing else,as for saying it will not be abused in Bury,it's no difference to any other town

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Police are appealing for witnesses

Suffolk Police are searching for a woman who has gone missing from Ipswich.

Fire crews called to eastbound A14

Motorists face queues on the A14 this afternoon after a vehicle fire brought traffic to a halt near Ipswich.

The Red Arrows were able to complete a shortened display at the Clacton Airshow.

For almost everyone it was the perfect summer day on the beach – blue skies immediately above, temperatures in the high 20s, warm sea water.

Tim Odgers on a recent trip to York Minster

Tributes have been paid to an “inspirational” former Stowmarket Middle School head teacher who has died of an aggressive blood cancer.

Duncan Goodhew at Swimathon 90 at Mid Suffolk Leisure Stowmarket in January 1990.

Shell suits, Fun-Fax organisers and yo-yos – all stuff you can look back fondly on if you grew up in the 90s.

File picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fire engines.

Fire crews have been called to help a young pony that has become trapped in a ditch in Palgrave, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border.

Ben Gummer arrives in Downing Street.

In the fourth of five three-minute interviews, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer explains what his new job as Minister for the Cabinet entails.

Students at Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy celebrating their GCSE results this morning.

The outstanding GCSE results achieved by Ipswich schools this year are a promising step in the right direction, the town’s MP has said.

GCSE results day at Kesgrave High School. Jonathan Durston celebrates his results.

It is a very special day for Kesgrave star student and head boy Jonathan Durston - who discovered he had achieved 12 A*s and one A in his GCSEs this morning.

The unveiling of Major Henry Wigglesworth in Ipswich.

Today Major Henry Wigglesworth is back where he belongs after a lengthy stay in hospital.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24