If you have read the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson you know that we Swedes drink a lot of coffee. My Maternal Grandparents had this down to a science, and they stuck to it. I don´t think they ever wavered from this routine. They had names for all the coffee breaks depending on what time it was.
It began with Seven Coffee with breakfast. Eleven Coffee with a light snack. Afternoon Coffee at 3PM. At this time my Grandfather always drank a cup of Earl Grey instead of Coffee, I´m not sure why he did this, but I can still hear my Grandmother´s voice telling me that “Grandpa drinks tea in the afternoon.”
Six Coffee with sandwiches and then the last cup of the day with their television and a piece of candy at 8 pm. They slept well and they both lived long.
I’m not quite so orthodox with my coffee consumption but I’m not able to hold down a conversation until I have my first cup in the morning. My husband and I can barely say good morning to each other. My husband gets the coffee maker ready at night and then the first person that wakes up to go to the bathroom in the morning presses the On button, goes back to bed and lies there until it’s done. Once we are up we sometimes try to say good morning, but it is often more of a grunt. No, really.
But the afternoon cup! It is my enjoyment not my necessity. I LOVE to brew a nice cup, sit in front of my computer or with a book and drink it, most often with a piece of chocolate, a pastry or a couple of cookies with it.
Or at a cafe with a friend. As in my photo where I´m at a cafe in Copenhagen.
Afternoon Coffee is sacred. It also helps me stay awake for my shows at night.