Hi Vasileia, tradition and culture play a determinant role in drinking coffee after dinner. For instance, in my country, Venezuela is quite usual to have coffee after each meal, mainly when eating out. Even after dinner.
In many countries, going out to dinner means having a dessert along with a shot of espresso or a serving of Turkish coffee. Both are relatively small and have an intense flavor, which balances pretty well with creamy and spongy desserts.
More recently, health concerns have warned us against eating sugary foods, particularly late in the afternoon and the evening. For this reason, the role of black coffee after dinner might be losing some of its traditional appeals.
Recent studies showed that drinking coffee at night tends to hamper sleep. Still, it can be a decent habit for people who have dinner long enough before going to sleep.
Many myths go against drinking black coffee after a meal, but most of the time, digestive problems have more to do with heavy and fatty meals than with black coffee.
Some families are used to sharing a small cup of coffee after dinner to help with digestion. Moreover, many coffee lovers enjoy cleaning their palates with high-quality black coffee.
Recently, high-end restaurants have started developing strong coffee programs to pair great black coffee with fancy food. In doing so, food and coffee pairings can become pretty exciting, as specialty coffee beans can offer a broader range of tastes and aromas.
It isn't unusual to crave coffee at night, but it's best to avoid drinking more than a single shot of espresso. According to most recent studies, even a regular 8 oz mug of black coffee can be detrimental to sleep quality.
In short, there are several reasons why people might drink coffee after dinner:
* Coffee can help stimulate the digestive system and encourage the bowels to move, which can be helpful for people who have trouble with constipation.
* Coffee is a natural diuretic and can help flush out toxins from the body, which can also benefit people with bloating or water retention problems.
* Caffeine is a stimulant and can help boost energy levels and promote alertness, making it a good choice for those who want to stay awake after dinner.
Thank you for making this question. I hope that my answer helps you. If you have any more doubts about it, please let me know.