‘COFFEE’ served in Scottish cafes is actually high strength lager.
Researchers comparing different countries’ cafe cultures found that coffee in Scotland was fizzy with an average alcohol content of nine per cent.
Scientist Mary Fisher said: “It appears that 50 years ago the Scots renamed certain lagers as ‘coffee’ in an attempt to look sophisticated.
“Also they wanted beer to be considered an acceptable drink for breakfast and business meetings.”
Glasgow coffee house owner Tom Logan said: “I sell my coffee by the pint, or if you want to take it away you can have a four pack.
“You can tell the quality of the beans from the rich, amber colour.”