[국제]Italy, comfort of a warm cup of coffee amid the corona crisis

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In Italy, there is a ‘cafe sospeso’ culture where coffee is paid in advance for neighbors in need.

It is a way of sharing unique to Italy where coffee is a part of life.

It is said that sharing a ‘cup of coffee’ has become more precious as the economy becomes more difficult due to the prolonged corona virus.

Reporter Jong-yoon Son from Italy delivers.

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A cafe in Rome where special coffee is prepared.

The ‘Cafe Sospeso’ donation box, which means ‘coffee entrusted to you,’ contains a receipt for the change and extra coffee left by the customer.

In this cafe alone, several homeless people drink free coffee a day by giving coffee to neighbors in need for an extra cup of coffee.

[지안 루카 / 카페 사장 : 누군가 ‘카페 소스페소’ 기부함에 커피 한 잔을 계산해두면 저도 누군가를 위해 커피를 만들어 주고 있습니다. 그렇게 나눔으로 모인 커피가 3잔이 되고, 4잔이 되죠.]

[자스민 / ‘카페 소스페소’ 기부자 : 어려운 상황이어도 커피는 이탈리아에서 중요합니다. 커피를 함께 마시는 건 관심과 사랑의 표현입니다.]

Coffee is considered a staple in Italy.

If you can’t afford a cup of coffee, it means you can’t enjoy a human life.

‘Cafe Sospeso’ started from the sharing culture of Neapolitan people who calculated a cup in advance and went out for neighbors who had difficulty drinking coffee during World War II.

Since then, as the ‘Cafe Sospeso’ movement spread across the country, the number of businesses participating in sharing increased.

From basic foodstuffs to gelato, each one is continuing the ‘saupeso’ movement in various ways.

[김균환 / 이탈리아 로마 : 마트에서도 과자나 파스타를 ‘소스페소’ 방식으로 지급하는 걸 보게 됐고요. 실제로 우리나라에도 ‘정’이 있듯이, 이것도 이탈리아의 ‘정’이 아닐까….]

However, as the economy of the common people collapses due to the prolonged corona virus, the ‘Sopeso’ movement, which boasts a long tradition, is also experiencing a crisis of existence.

Last year, Rome City Hall officially identified 18 participating businesses in ‘Sopeso’.

When I checked in person, about half of them said that they were not able to continue the ‘Sopeso’ movement due to the difficult situation.

[마테오 / ‘소스페소’ 참여 젤라또 가게 사장 : 지금 이탈리아는 코로나로 인해 굉장히 어렵고 힘든 상황이지만 우리는 따뜻한 마음을 가지고 있습니다. 카페, 식당, 젤라도 가게 등이 서로 도와야 합니다. 어려운 상황에서 벗어나기 위해 손을 내밀어야 합니다.]

Italy is expected to take a long time to recover its pre-coronavirus economy with more than a few thousand confirmed cases a day.

It is a difficult time, but the sense of solidarity of ‘Sopeso’ helping neighbors who are more difficult than myself is the driving force in overcoming the epidemic crisis.

[다니엘라 / 소스페소 참여 카페 사장 : 다른 사람들도 ‘소스페소’에 참여할 것을 추천합니다. 나폴리인들뿐만 아니라 전 세계가 함께하길 바랍니다. 나눔은 매우 아름다운 일입니다.]

This is Jongyoon Son from YTN World in Rome, Italy.

YTN Jongyoon Son ([email protected])

[저작권자(c) YTN & YTN plus 무단전재 및 재배포 금지]

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