Like the English with their tea, the Germans have their Kaffee. Not a time to necessarily drink coffee but to have tea or coffee or juice for the kids and pastry in the afternoon. My mom tells stories of when she first arrived to the States and would invite Americans over for Kaffee and they would say, "That's weird to have dessert before dinner." The concept is often missing entirely from American culture. Yet when we look around the world at so many different cultures we find this afternoon time of refreshment. Even the Japanese with their reputation for overworking still have tea in the afternoon. All public schools and work offices have a 'tea woman' on staff just for serving tea to the employees. In Japan they will often have tea mid-morning as well. The Japanese don't usually stop working for this time and it is served right at the desk but it is permissible to take about a minute to pause and say, "Oh, this tea is delicious." Monday mornings were always the best because if anyone has traveled anywhere over the weekend it is customary to bring 'omiyage' (or the little local confection of where you went) back to the office. So tea is served with a small confection on most days.