Midland: thirst for suspended coffees as strong as ever at Crooked Spire cafe


KA Rung and Mike Matich of Midland’s Crooked Spire cafe. Picture: Matt Jelonek d469473
KA Rung and Mike Matich of Midland’s Crooked Spire cafe. Picture: Matt Jelonek d469473

TWO years after jumping on board the suspended coffee trend, the Crooked Spire in Midland has handed over more than 3000 free coffees to those in need.

The movement allows customers to buy an extra coffee for someone who cannot afford to pay for their own.

It has grown in popularity since it began in Italy several years ago and been embraced by hundreds of coffee shops around the world.

Crooked Spire owner Mike Matich said he started with suspended coffees not long after the cafe opened two years ago.

“I always loved the idea of a community that looks after each other,” he said.

“If someone is struggling it is wonderful to see others who are in better position helping.”

Mr Matich said the suspended coffees were in high demand in Midland.

“We run out of suspended coffees most days,” he said.

“When we started there were stories of cafes in the city with stockpiles of suspended coffees and many of these places have stopped doing it.

“However Midland has a large homeless and transient population so the coffees are well utilised.

“The recipients start to develop relationships with staff and other cafe users and become part of the community.

“And the people who give get to see their money going directly to help those who are less fortunate.”

Mr Matich said everyone deserved a good brew.

“The regulars who receive coffees are treated with dignity and respect like every other customer,” he said.

“The greatest feedback I’ve had was from a homeless man who said when he comes here he feels like a human being.”

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