A guide to coffee's universal uniqueness

"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.