There’s a story floating around the internet about “caffe saspeso” – suspended coffees. While it’s been related to an Italian tradition, I personally think it’s a tradition that should be passed on until it becomes worldwide. This story has been verified as “true” by snopes.
Here it is in it’s entirety (with a tip o’ the Master’s Hat to Michael R. Poll):
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?”