In America of course, once we embraced the caffè latte, or as we call it, the latte, we didn’t attach any traditions around it.
Which means people have giant lattes loaded with sugar and calories several times a day!
Traditions in food matter because they keep a certain order to things, and prevent overeating.
In England, the “afternoon tea” allowed you to have a cup of tea with something sweet.
Later, when people got in the habit of having a croissant with a cup of coffee in the morning, a new word was added to describe this new “meal.” It was called “petit déjeuner” or “little breakfast.” Most French people have very little food for breakfast.In America, any time of the day is a good excuse to eat something sweet…Other traditions that we’ve completely forgotten is the “dessert,” which is supposed to be a special treat that you have after a meal, when you can afford it.In Italy, the cappuccino or caffè latte is something you drink in the morning, for breakfast.At other times of the day you’re supposed to drink black espresso, and only after meals.