Italian tradition revived to give Panettone to those in need this Christmas
The "suspended coffee" tradition extends to Christmas Panettone
The "caffè sospeso" tradition (Italian for suspended/pending coffee) originated in working-class cafés of Naples, Italy in the early 1900s. This is how it works. You, as a customer, pay for one coffee for yourself and then pay for one more and leave it suspended/pending. Then, another customer, a stranger in need, might visit the same bar later and say "is there any pending coffee?"
This year, as Italy grapples with the disastrous social and economic consequences of the pandemic, a pastry shop in Milan, Pasticceria Buonarroti, came up with the idea for a 'suspended panettone', a traditional Christmas treat made with sweet bread, raisins and candied fruits.
The average cost for a panettone varies a lot depending on the quality of the ingredients and availability. The average supermarket panettone costs around €13-15 per kg whereas handmade panettone(s) cost around €30-40 per kg. Buonarroti's panettone (500 kg) costs €20 but the price for a suspended panettone goes down to €13.