The Caffè Pagato

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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Written by Cindy Taylor

Cindy is the editor in chief and photographer for I Love Coffee.


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6 Responses to “The Caffè Pagato”

  1. ali October 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    That’s wonderful, what a great idea!

  2. mikesadie October 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I’m right behind you…

  3. john-michael October 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    great custom, it should be extended to students!

  4. caz October 26, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Love it. Left a #caffepagato for someone yesterday, they left two more today. let’s get this happening in CT.

    • Antonie Hans Botes December 22, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Briljante move. Deel die lekker van die lewe met ander. Lank lewe Kronung pagato!


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