The second, more casual possibility is to serve coffee/tea with the dessert. Many people like it this way because the coffee helps to cut some of the sweetness and richness of dessert. A second cup of coffee or even an after dinner drink can be served once the table is cleared.
I usually offer coffee with dessert since many people I know prefer it that way. And I offer it again after dessert just in case there are some traditionalists in the crowd. So I'm covered either way. One thing I don't do is serve coffee with the main meal, although friends have told me that they grew up with that practice, especially those from more rural areas.
When do you serve coffee and why? And when's the last time someone lit up a cigarette at your dinner table?
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