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  Coffee Break or Tea Break!
Definition of Coffee or Tea Break
"The term "Coffee Break" or "Tea Break" (Any break from work in any arena) is used to denote a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime where hot and cold beverages and cakes, breads and pastries are served." "It corresponds with the Commonwealth terms: Elevenses  / Morning Tea  / Tea Break  / or even just Tea."

Coffee or Tea Breaks at home by:PamSvoboda
"Housewives are often portrayed in popular culture as taking a coffee break or tea break in their kitchens." Ok it was race time: You ran around the house waking everyone up, you cooked a quick breakfast for the family, got the husband off to work and helped pull together all his paperwork, you ran around looking high and low for the lost car keys, you took the dog for a quick walk to pee, you put a load of clothes on to wash, tossed the dishes in the dish washer and dropped the kids off at school and raced back in time to get the bills in the mail- phewww!... now your ready for a break.

It's common for housewives to ask a neighbor over for the morning coffee break and serve hot tea or coffee and a mid-morning dessert with the break. During this break neighbors discuss the duties for the day and just take a breather from all the fast pace chores that have already been done.  Afternoon coffee breaks take place too but mostly for those wife's who don't have children running home from school. The break lasts about 30 to 40 minutes; then guest and housewife both go back to their household chores.

Morning or Afternoon Break by:wikipedia the free encyclopedia
For most of the United States, the morning or afternoon break is not normally referred to as tea as the beverage has not traditionally been a widespread choice with Americans. The term coffee break is used instead to denote a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime where hot and cold beverages and cakes, breads and pastries are served.

Workplace Coffee Break
"A coffee break is a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime practiced by employees in business and industry." "The term was popularized in America and invented by the Pan American Coffee Bureau in 1952, but has become universal in the modern world and is employed whether or not participants are actually drinking coffee." "It corresponds with the Commonwealth terms elevenses, morning tea, tea break, or even just tea."  "An afternoon coffee break, or afternoon tea, is sometimes had as well."

"Coffee breaks usually last 10–20 minutes and frequently occur at the end of the first third of the work shift." "In some companies and some civil service, the coffee break may be observed formally at a set hour; in some places a "cart" with hot and cold
beverages and cakes, breads and pastries arrives at the same time
morning and afternoon, or an employer may contract with an outside
caterer for daily service."

"The break is often held away from the actual work area in a designated
cafeteria, tea room or outdoor area." "As well as a chance for sustenance, it is a time for gossip and small talk, or a time to smoke a cigarette (thus the alternate term "smoke break")." "It is a chance to wind down slightly and "regroup" for the remaining day's work." "In Australia and New Zealand this break from work, particularly manual work, is also called smoko."

See also:
Cookin with coffee / National Coffee Holidays  /Coffee Cake Recipes  /  
Canapé / Hors d'oeuvres / Tea Sandwich  / Types of Sandwiches / Afternoon tea / Tea Tea party / High Tea  / Cream Tea / National Hot Tea Month /Chocolate Tea Time
Cream Recipes /Tea Time /Party Planning /Types of Parties /Healing Herbal Tea

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"The coffee break is said to have originated in the late 1800s in Stoughton, Wisconsin by the wives of Norwegian immigrants." "The city celebrates this every year with the Stoughton Coffee Break Festival." "However, the term was popularized by a Pan-American Coffee Bureau ad campaign which urged consumers, "Give yourself a Coffee-Break — and Get What Coffee Gives to You."
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