Can’t afford coffee? No matter. In Bulgaria, an old Italian tradition that sees good souls buying hot drinks for those who struggle to make ends meet has taken hold after weeks of tensions over deepening poverty.
More than 150 cafes across Bulgaria have joined a goodwill initiative modelled on the Italian “caffe sospeso” tradition, which literally means “suspended coffee”, according to a Facebook page devoted to the movement.
The tradition — born in the cafes of Italy’s southern city of Naples — sees people pay in advance for one or several coffees without drinking them.
My mom makes this great coffee cake to take to neighborhood and church breakfasts.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream margarine, eggs and sugars and add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and blend well. Pour into well-greased cake pan. Sprinkle with topping, let stand covered in refrigerator overnight or bake immediately. Bake 350 degrees for 35 minutes in 9 x 13 pan.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
May use coconut in place of nuts if you like.
Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz:
It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no Equal ™:
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks:
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life: and
I will dwell in the House of Mocha’s forever.
Juan Valdez names his donkey after you.
You get a speeding ticket even when you’re parked.
You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
You sleep with your eyes open.
You watch videos in fast-forward.
You lick your coffeepot clean.
Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
You can type sixty words a minute with your feet.
You can jump-start your car without cables.
Your only source of nutrition comes from Sweet & Low.
You don’t sweat, you percolate.
You’ve worn out the handle on your favorite coffee mug.
You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
You’ve worn the finish off you coffee table.
The Taster’s Choice couple wants to adopt you.
Starbuck’s owns the mortgage on your house.
You’re so wired you pick up FM radio.
Your life’s goal is to "amount to a hill of beans."
Instant coffee takes too long.
You want to be cremated just so you can spend eternity in a coffee can.
You name your cats Cream and Sugar.
Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position.
Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.