At any time of the day a cup of coffee delights, revives and stimulates the senses. From Arles to Vienna, from Manaus to Bogotá, from Dublin to London, this black, bitter, much loved drink is a pleasure to drink.
Drinking coffee in Italy is considered a separate event and is given its own time.
- In Turkey, the oldest person is almost always served their coffee first.
- In the ancient Arab world, coffee became such a staple part of family life that one of the causes allowed by law for marital separation was a husband's refusal to produce coffee for his wife.
- To reduce wrinkles and improving their skin, the Japanese have been known to bathe in coffee grounds fermented with pineapple pulp.
- Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.
- In France, espresso is traditionally sipping leaning nonchalantly against the counter, whilst chatting to friends.
- In Normandy a short black coffee is served with calvados; in the south of France with aniseed liqueur and fresh cream; with grappa in Italy; kirsch in Germany and rum in the Caribbean.
- Brulot is a specialty of New Orleans and is a mixture of curacao, cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg and zest of lemon flambéed with brandy with black coffee poured over it.
- In France, cubes of frozen espresso with coffee ice cream, almond syrup and cold coffee poured on top is called a Café Frappe.
- An Einspanner is the typical Viennese coffee, with honey and whipped cream.
- In Italy, a Granita Di Caffé is frozen crushed espresso, sweetened, and usually served con panna (topped with whipped cream).
- Turkish coffee is usually served with a small glass of water and/or a piece of Turkish Delight. Turkish coffee is never served with milk or cream.
- Colombians drink black coffee with sugar in small cups known as tinto.
- North America drinks coffee on the go, individualized to the temperature of the milk or cream.
- Brazil's espresso, cafesinho, is served with a slice of lemon.