From: Omet'Iklan@Jem' (Roberto Castillo)
Subject: ABOI: Everything you never wanted to know about coffee
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 05:36:08 GMT

Selected-By: (Ross Clement)

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:

Oh most sagacious all-seeing one, please tell me, what is the cultural significance of the "coffee break" in workplaces around the world?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

Coffee Break, hm? Well let's take a look:

In northern Alaska, the Coffee Break, is quite literal when slabs of frozen coffee are smashed with sledgehammers and residents suck on slivers of frozen caffiene.

In Japan, where tea is the drink of choice, and all things American (such as the coffee break) have been twisted into grotesque parodies of themselves, the coffee break has become, "Honorable MisterBreak, Devowerer of All Coffee," and is something to be feared as a productivity decline.

In Siberia, in the former Soviet Union, coffee is used when one wishes to take a break from vodka.

The South American drug cartels use coffee beans to break the scent of their tansported narcotics.

In the United States, the coffee break has evolved into a life of its own, and no longer even requires coffee. However, it is so revered in some parts of the United States, that they have named a web programming language (Express-O) after it.

In the small south seas island of Pargo-Bargo, the natives worship a crate of coffee which fell from a plane shot down during world war two. Taking a coffee break there means sacrificing one of the island's small rodents to the crate of coffee.

The Oracle hopes that you enjoyed your colorful look at coffee breaks around the world. You own the Oracle: the head of Juan Valdez, a Maxwell House with 4 bedrooms and a garage, and a small pile of half and half plastic cup thingies for the kids to drink.