Thanks for the helpful inputs, all!
My neighbour often comes to watch TV chez moi, as I have Canal+ sport.
I once offered him a cup of tea and he froze and changed colour like a chameleon to match the upholstery. With a little reassurance he unfroze and whispered “café est le boisson de notre région”.
He does drink my coffee, with a ginger snap, but rather nervously, or so it seems to me.
I think I may invest in a patent espresso gadget. Can anyone recommend a good medium-priced one? I’m not too keen on filter coffee and only drink it usually to be sociable.
I quite partial to a mug of instant, now Lidl’s own-brand café soluble intensité 8, an imported English habit from working 0700 early shifts, and 12 hour nights.