Longfordian coffee idea comes to town

Barbara Smyth
We’ve all heard of cappucinos, lattes and of course the tried and trusted regular coffee.

We’ve all heard of cappucinos, lattes and of course the tried and trusted regular coffee.

Now local consumers are being asked to take on board the aptly named ‘Longfordian coffee’.

Yes, you heard it right, a coffee made strictly for Longford natives, or more specifically, those sections of society who have fallen on hard times.

The brainchild of local woman Barbara Smyth, the Longford Municipal District Sinn Féin spokeswoman derived the idea from its US equivalent of ‘Pending Coffee’.

Put simply, the concept involves coffee lovers paying for their regular caffeine fix along with a second cup that is paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity.

“When you are buying your morning or afternoon coffee, you ask for one coffee and one Longfordian Coffee,” said Barbara.

“You get your coffee and carry on with your day.

“The Longfordian Coffee is recorded on a blackboard or noticeboard and becomes available later in the day or week for anyone who finds themselves in a position where they are possibly cold and hungry and in need of a little pick-me-up.”

Barbara, who contested the recently-held local elections in May, is hoping cafés, coffee shops and local restaurants will row in behind the initiative.

In time, she hopes the practice will encourage locals to dig deeper into their pockets and help those in need by way of snacks, light lunches and even dinners.

“The business owner does not have to sign up to the initiative, they simply have to opt in or opt out.”

“As we head into winter this initiative can be applied to anything.

“For now we are trying to get as many retailers as possible to participate in the Longfordian Coffee initiative.”

“It is a very easy and affordable way to help others, plus you know exactly where you money is going.”

For more on this novel idea, simply log onto www.facebook.com/TheLongfordianCoffee.