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How You Drink Your Coffee Shows Who You Are

Americans really know how to ruin a good cup of coffee

Michelle Teheux
Minds Without Borders
5 min readOct 17, 2022

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Photo by Meizhi Lang on Unsplash

If you asked me to identify whether someone was European or American and the only clue you gave me was watching them drink coffee, I’d be pretty accurate.

So would you.

Americans are people who think nothing of sitting in their cars and waiting in line at a coffee shop drive-through lane to get their morning dose of Go Juice and they’ll drink it, silent and solitary, on their way to work.

It’s as if “drinking coffee” were on their list of things to do, right after “brushing teeth” and “starting the car.”

We don’t treat it like a pleasure.

We treat it like a chore.

Europeans do it differently.

Europeans do not drink coffee in their cars. A lot of them don’t even use a car to get to work.

If they do not make their coffee at home, they will go to a cafe, and that is where they will enjoy their coffee. They’ll drink it from a real china cup, not from a paper or plastic one. (Much of Europe has barely any litter, and this is part of the reason why.)

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Michelle Teheux
Minds Without Borders

Lover of literature. Former newspaper editor. Fascinated by everything. Contact: michelleteheux@gmail.com. To buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/michelleteheux