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Fancy Coffee Pouring

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?

by Judy Hollidayreply 2101/16/2013

The only dazzling pouring I've seen is in the 1980s hit motion picture Cocktails.

by Judy Hollidayreply 201/15/2013

To aerate the coffee, similar to what you do with wine.

by Judy Hollidayreply 301/15/2013

F&F for the fecal matter at r1

by Judy Hollidayreply 401/15/2013

Like this sorta.

by Judy Hollidayreply 501/15/2013

On "Roseann" a customer asked if they had decaf. She went into the kitchen, realized the pot with orange band was empty, so she poured regular in and hollered "Yes, we do."

by Judy Hollidayreply 601/15/2013

Like this!

by Judy Hollidayreply 701/15/2013

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.

by Judy Hollidayreply 801/15/2013

Kiss my grits, OP!

by Judy Hollidayreply 901/15/2013

Bare it, R9 !

& BTW , bite my crank.


by Judy Hollidayreply 1001/15/2013

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.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1101/15/2013

It seems like a dangerous practice. It will stop once a customer is scalded.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1201/15/2013

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.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1301/15/2013

We pretend the coffee pot spout is our penis, OP and we are taking a leak in your cup.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1401/15/2013

It's all about the tip.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1501/15/2013

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.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1601/15/2013

Here's smartest technique.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1701/15/2013


by Judy Hollidayreply 1801/16/2013

Former waiter here. I don't know anything about the height with which anyone pours but we used to grasp the saucer and pour while turning away from the table and guest so as to not splash them.

by Judy Hollidayreply 1901/16/2013

Ha, ha, ha -- this is great!

by Judy Hollidayreply 2001/16/2013

It's unnecessary but very classy, sort of like dialing the phone with a pencil.

by Judy Hollidayreply 2101/16/2013
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