Friday, April 3, 2009

Drinking coffee like the French

Every coffee you're served in France will arrive with sugar cubes (and often a little square of dark chocolate). Even in people's homes, the sugar cubes are there. You may assume that they are for sweetening your coffee, and you'd be right... in part at least. But there's more.

Quack, quack!

Dunking a sugar cube into a cup of coffee and then nibbling at it to get all the sugary-coffee goodness is known as 'faire un canard'. A canard is a duck, so I'm guessing it's a reference to a duck dipping under the water.

So the next time you're in France and a friend (not just the person next to you in the café - let's be clear on this before I'm accused of teaching impolite habits) has a steaming café noir, grab a sugar cube and ask, "Je peux faire un canard?"

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