This question is partly inspired by reading the introductory chapter
(.pdf file) of the Illy "Espresso Coffee" book which talks about different regions' coffee drinking styles.
How do you all serve coffee? For a spouse, for friends, for guests . . .
Does everybody crowd around and watch? Do you go off to the kitchen and come out with the prepared drinks? Do you 'take orders' or give everybody the same drink? Do people often come over just for coffee or do serve it after a meal?
For myself, the only time I make coffee for somebody other then myself is when a particular friend (who shares this hobby) comes over. We both get involved in making a couple cups of espresso (and discuss why it tastes so bad
) then sit down and chat till other responsibilities rear their ugly heads. Not much ceremony, and the relaxed chatting happens after
we finish our drinks, not over them.
I should mention that 99% of what I know about espresso was learned on the internet, and I did not grow up with a particular coffee-drinking tradition.
So, please share your stories!