I'm about to spread the meme around with a conservative and libertarian stamp of approval. Since the idea is expressed in terms of expresso, I expect that even Liberals and especially Progressives will instantly understand it. What they may not understand is why conservatives and libertarians would support such a scheme. The answer is simple, it cuts out the middleman of government & the compulsion of law and instead uses unregulated markets and the goodness of people's hearts. You know, rather like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are unregulated markets, or did you forget that?
"We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks
‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’
It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.
The solution is ideal. It gives the person donating the money complete control. If they have the confidence in the business that the goods and services will be delivered to those in need, that is the full level of trust required.