Why do the old school waiters in fancy dining establishments make such a show of pouring coffee with a great distance between the coffee pot and their patron's cup and saucer?
Is it something they learn in "Fancy Waiter's School? Did they learn it from their waiter-master when apprenticing?
Are you envisioning what I mean: the cup held below waist level and the (usually silver) coffee pot held at least to nipple level?
What's the reason?
It's "a thing" with 'em, ain't it?
Are you an AIDS infected homo?
The only dazzling pouring I've seen is in the 1980s hit motion picture Cocktails.
To aerate the coffee, similar to what you do with wine.
Because if the fancy coffee pot itself is HOT when full of hot coffee and the pot can burn a person if they come in contact with it.
Kiss my grits, OP!
Bare it, R9 !
& BTW , bite my crank.
Most of us will always defer to the most interesting form our actions might take. In a restaurant setting many waiters feel they are on stage and will perform for their patrons attention and loyalty.
It seems like a dangerous practice. It will stop once a customer is scalded.
This guy pours a cup of coffee like I do.
The pour height cools the coffee stream and the stream velocity stirs the sweetener I've place in the bottom of my cup.
No spoon needed!
Me 'n' this guy are flat-out fuckin' geniuses.
We pretend the coffee pot spout is our penis, OP and we are taking a leak in your cup.
It's all about the tip.
It's very old-school, done in imitation of the kind of high-end European waiter who'd carve the roast and cook the crepes suzette at the table. That was a world where being a high-end waiter was a skilled and respected profession, not something you do until you get a degree or an acting job.
And those old waiters were imitating the skills of a butler in a great house.