‘Suspended coffee’ benefits YWCA

BAR HARBOR — Coffee Hound Coffee Bar, a seasonal business first opened in 2013 on Main Street near Agamont Park, is working with the YWCA Mount Desert Island to place “suspended coffee” beans in locations of need.

Suspended coffee is based on an Italian goodwill or pay-it-forward tradition that began over 100 years ago in Naples, Italy, where someone more fortunate would order a suspended coffee, paying the price of two coffees but receiving only one. Someone less fortunate would receive the suspended coffee at a future time of need.

Coffee Hound Coffee Bar participates in this program by taking a prepaid coffee and donating that value in coffee beans to local area shelters working through the YWCA MDI.

Coffee Hound Coffee Bar is locally owned and operated by Chris Keegan and Jen Litteral who say, “We believe that coffee is a culture that is shared around the world. So we offer a full line of high-quality handcrafted specialty products to indulge tastes near and far so that we can connect with people one cup at a time.”

Coffee Hound will open a ‘winter’ location at the Sunday River Ski Resort South Ridge Lodge where they will share their love of coffee culture from November through April.

YWCA MDI is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. A woman’s residence with seasonal and year-round weekly rentals, the YWCA offers programs to advance its mission

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