People Across Cultures Come Together for a Cup of Coffee

Around the world, people have been coming together over cups of coffee. The beans speak of culture, the aroma heightens the senses, and the sipping together makes for good friends and good business.
— By John Jacobs

You stagger to the kitchen early in the morning to grab that first cup of coffee before getting ready for work, drinking it alone, or sharing time with a partner or roommate during breakfast. At work, the breakroom coffee pot is always kept filled, and co-workers network with a cup of coffee in hand during breaks. On the other side of the world, Ethiopians gather together to drink coffee to talk about life and bond. In Turkey, people drink their coffee and then tell their fortunes in the leftover coffee grounds.

Around the world, coffee is not just a delicious, warming, eye-opening liquid. It is a relationship builder, a people bonder, a cultural tradition, and an element in rituals. It is a drink that crosses borders and is fam...

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