Suspended coffee advantages all


Crooked Spire Coffee and Art House customer service manager Kristy-Anne Rung and owner Mike Matich.  Pictures: David Baylis           d450111
Head barista Damiano Suadoni.
Suspended coffee advantages all
Crooked Spire Coffee and Art House customer service manager Kristy-Anne Rung and owner Mike Matich. Pictures: David Baylis         d450111 Head barista Damiano Suadoni.

The ‘suspended cup’ initiative started running at the cafe not long after doors opened last year, giving customers a chance to pay for a coffee for someone who cannot buy one themselves.

“It originated in Naples in Italy, during some really hard times,” owner Mike Matich said.

“It’s everyone’s right to be able to have a coffee.

“It’s a necessity, it’s like water.”

The staff tally how many suspended cups have been purchased, then they are able to give them to the disadvantaged.

“There are guys who come in every day and check if there’s a stroke on the board,” Mr Matich said.

“If there is, they’re able to have a coffee.”

Mr Matich said the kindness of his loyal customers was what kept the initiative alive.

“We have great regulars who see that we’re running low so they’ll put down $50 and buy a whole bunch of coffees.

“They’ll never now who it’s going to, but they buy it and know it’s going to go to someone who needs it.”

And the recipients are very appreciative.

“I had one guy who said to me he feels like a human being when he comes in here,” Mr Matich said. “I found that really beautiful.”

Mr Matich said the secret to good coffee was love and passion.

But a good barista and good beans helped, too.

Mr Matich said it was that winning combination that kept customers coming back to Crooked Spire.

“Our beans are from Yahava in the Swan Valley,” he said.

“Where we can we try and use local produce.”

His other secret: hiring a barista who trained in the home of coffee for more than a decade.

“Our head barista Damiano Suadoni has been making coffee in Rome since he was 13,” Mr Matich said.

“He really knows his craft and does a beautiful job.

“He’s just really passionate about what he does.”

Mr Matich said he cannot walk into the cafe without seeing many familiar faces.

“I walk in to grab a coffee and I’ll greet 50 people,” he said.

“It’s like a family.”