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Bitter Coffee: French Cafe Charges Less For Being Polite

by | 12th, December 2013

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NICE’S  Petite Syrah  café is offering customers the chance to get a discount on their coffee.  Asking for a “a coffee” will set you back €7. But “a coffee please” is €4.25.   “Hello, a coffee please”  is a bargain €1.40.

Of course, this being France, anyone speaking in an English accent will be ignored. But why does the Petite Syrah stop there? Why not extend the offers to all manner of manners?

Can you dunk the biscuit? Are spoons allowed to making a noise against the china cups? In 2007, Brighton’s Tea Cosy instituted a set of rules. Then owner David Daly forbade anyone from resting their elbows on the table, insulting the Queen, handling sugar cubes and sipping from teaspoons, which must never be allowed to chink against the cup. Said Mr Daly: “I am just keen to teach people of the joys of a civilised cup of tea. People have to obey the rules in my tea rooms and if not they are asked to leave.”

The wonder is that anyone should know that and want to go in. One rule states: “Hold the saucer under your cup while you sip your tea (lest you should spill or dribble).”

As ever, the bigger the stickler for rules, the more likely the are to get the proscribed etiquette wrong. The Tea Cosy was meant to be modelled on the Ritz, where drinkers must wear a tie. I once arrived without one and was handed a hideous yellow kipper-shaped thing. A friend recalls a school trip to the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground. He was barred from entering, having arrived with neither

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