America has adopted a love for coffee and cafes. They have hit a chord with Americans because of our fast pace life style. Those who start their mornings early do not have time for a big breakfast. They can easily stop by the local café and get a quick cup of coffee and a pastry and be on their way. Students enjoy cafes because many locations provide internet connection. Students can enjoy coffee in a social setting while studying or getting their work done. Cafes are popular meeting spots. Friends will meet up for coffee when they have not seen each other in a while in order to catch up. Cafes and coffee shops have become very popular for those meeting for the first time. When two people chat online and decide to go on a date they want to meet at a public place, but also a place that does not require they spend a large amount of time with one another. When two people meet at a café they can enjoy a quick cup of coffee and maybe a pastry, which does not take long. If the two people hit it off than they can continue the date elsewhere; however, if one or both people do not feel a spark they can end the night after that quick cup of coffee. In this economy, cafes also provide a less expensive social experience. Going to dinner with friends can get expensive, but if you meet up at a coffee shop you can get away with spending less than ten dollars, even if you order a sandwich or dessert. Cafes also make for a cheap date night. If you are meeting someone for the first time, why take them to an expensive restaurant for dinner when you are not even sure you will like them or enjoy the evening? If you take them for coffee you can save money while getting to know them just as well. Cafés these days also offer a variety of delicious items. There are so many types of coffees and teas to choose from that everyone is sure to find something they like. If you are not a fan of coffee you can always order a hot chocolate or tea. Many cafes offer more than just pastries. These days you can find cafes that offer sandwiches and other savory items. Many Italian cafes will also offer pizza, salads and even gelato. If you are a fan of strong coffee a cappuccino or espresso might be a good choice for you; however, do keep in mind that they are more expensive and you get less coffee for your buck. For the lover of sweet drinks, Frapuccinos and other iced coffees are usually sweet and will cool you off on a hot day.