The caffè pagato (Paid Coffee) is a beautiful custom deeply steeped in Neapolitan history whereby a customer orders a coffee and pays for two: one for him or herself and the other for a stranger – most often less fortunate. The barista takes note of the caffè pagato and awaits John Doe’s arrival. Old Johnny simply has to ask if there are any caffè pagati going around and if so the barista whips him up a cuppa and gets to make Johnny’s day. Isn’t that nice?
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