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For a lot of people, caffeine makes the world go around. It only makes sense this would also be prevalent in fiction as well, and so there are quite a few tropes about coffee and tea.


  • Asians Love Tea: Asian people are avid tea-drinkers.
  • Bad to the Last Drop: Really bad coffee.
  • Brits Love Tea: British people are also avid tea-drinkers.
  • Caffeine Failure: A person drinks coffee to stay awake, but still falls asleep anyway (usually because they were tired beforehand).
  • Calming Tea: Tea is used to soothe frazzled nerves, anxiety, and other extreme moods.
  • Coffee Shop A.U. Fic: A fanfic where the cast works at or regularly visits a coffee shop.
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  • Comical Coffee Cup: A character's coffee cup has an amusing slogan on it.
  • The Dreaded Pretend Tea-Party: A child ropes someone into playing tea party.
  • Hot Drink Cure: Someone drinks a hot beverage, such as coffee, to help when they're sick.
  • Klatchian Coffee: Coffee that makes the drinker go into overdrive.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Someone that is addicted to coffee.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: Briefly interrupting a battle scene to do something ridiculous, often a tea party.
  • Overcomplicated Menu Order: A character has a very complex order, often about coffee.
  • Reading Tea Leaves: Divination via tea or coffee in a cup.
  • Real Men Take It Black: Someone drinks undiluted coffee to show they're tough.
  • Starbucks Skin Scale: Characters who are black or of a mixed race have their skin colour described with coffee-related words.
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  • Stepping Out for a Quick Cup of Coffee: A chief steps out for a break, often to get coffee, providing the hero with enough time to steal files or read up on something.
  • Tea Is Classy: Tea is used to indicate that a character is of high class.
  • Uncoffee: A drink that's very similar to coffee, but isn't coffee.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: A newbie or rookie is assigned a trivial task, such as getting the boss a cup of coffee.