…in a Hot Country
In Israel, coffee is serious business. Israelis love their coffee, and the country's vibrant café culture reflects this. Israelis make the time to sit down and drink their coffee.
There are literally thousands of cafés in Israel, from large chains to small neighborhood places, and you can find them teeming with people at any time of the day.
Whether it’s pensioners enjoying cake and coffee, moms with kids in strollers taking a break...
...individuals poring over the newspaper, working on their computers, or talking on the cell phone...
...people of all walks and stages of life enjoy Israel’s cafés and their offerings of drinks, salads, baked goods and sandwiches.
There are many kinds of hot coffee drinks available in Israeli cafés, but probably the most popular is the café afuch, or “upside down coffee.”
Steamed milk is first poured into a coffee mug (preferably a glass mug), then espresso is poured gently afterwards. Beautiful to look at and delicious to drink.
If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea -no pun intended- then you might want to try Turkish coffee, filtered coffee (try it with milk, not water), macchiatos and mochas and delicious hot chocolates, ciders, sahlab and teas. Even chai lattes have made it to Israel.
Cold teas and coffees are also popular in Israel, mostly in the warmer summer months. If you want a frozen coffee drink, ask for “café barad.”
How to make coffee Israeli-style:
Make espresso, (regular strong coffee will do in a pinch), steam up some milk, pour the milk first and then top off with the coffee. Sweeten as desired and enjoy!
How to make Turkish coffee:
Turkish coffee is enjoyed in homes as well as in restaurants and tourist experiences in Bedouin tents. It is also popular with many hikers, beachcombers and picnic-goers, who lovingly prepare it on portable primus stoves.
Turkish coffee is also known as café botz (“mud coffee”), but the two are prepared differently.
To make café botz, put a teaspoon of Turkish coffee and sugar to taste in a glass or mug, and then add boiling water. Some people even add milk to café botz.
Authentic Turkish coffee is prepared in a finjan (see picture) on a low flame. Bring water to a boil, and then add 3 teaspoons sugar. Wait a minute for it to melt, then add 3 tablespoons coffee.
Bring again to a boil (so that the coffee almost overflows) and then turn off the flame. This strong coffee, which is sometimes flavored with ground cardamom, is served in small cups.
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