What makes tea so much more civilised than coffee? They both come from plants, they are both prepared with a mix of hot water, sugar and milk, and they both come from "faraway" lands (India and Ethiopia). They both contain about the same amount of caffeine. The only thing I can think of is the subtlety of the taste of tea vs coffee. Coffee is a strong taste, robust and powerful, while tea is more subtle. And obviously people who prefer subtle things are much more cultured, aren't they?
Mokalus of Borg
PS - Some people get awfully snobbish about their preference for tea over coffee.
PPS - Personally, I haven't got a taste for tea.