Israel is a coffee country
Residents of many countries on all continents start the day with a cup of thick, aromatic coffee. Israel is no exception, where this drink has truly special significance. When coffee appeared in Israel In the 10th century AD, Jews and Arabs living in Yemen introduced the practice of making a drink from roasted coffee beans from Ethiopia. Gradually, it spread to the Middle East and other territories within the Ottoman Empire. It is believed that the world’s first coffee house appeared at the end of the 15th century in Constantinople. But it is known that by the beginning of the XII century, the practice of drinking coffee existed in many houses of large cities in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Then coffee appeared in Israel. What kind of coffee do Espresso and Aroch drink in Israel Espresso is especially popular among Jews. Most Israeli establishments offer visitors several varieties of this drink. So, lovers of cheer up will suit an ristretto with a pronounced, rich taste. In the preparation of espresso lungo, a significantly larger spill of water is used. Such coffee contains more caffeine. Finally, an espresso with a double portion of water (doppio) with the capacious Israeli name Aroh will allow you to enjoy the aroma longer than usual. A must-have addition to coffee is a glass of water, sometimes with lemon juice. The ritual has a double meaning. First of all, in this way the possible bitterness that the drink possesses is removed. In addition, water protects against dehydration, as coffee is a powerful diuretic. Macchiatto and Aghuah Espresso-based drinks are also enjoyed in Israel by no less love and reverence. These include cappuccino with lush foam of milk and macchiato. In the first case, coffee is served in large mugs (180 ml) and sometimes sprinkled with cinnamon or small chocolate chips. Macchiatto is of two types. Espresso Macchiatto – coffee cup (60 ml) with a little milk. And latte macchiatto, which is based on milk with a few drops of coffee. Serving size reaches 300 ml. The last option in the Israeli interpretation is called aphuh, which translates as “vice versa.” First, milk is poured, and only then coffee is added to it. How to make a bots, or Jewish coffee In small Israeli taverns and street shops, as well as at home, the “Jewish” way of making black coffee is very common – the necessary amount is poured into a cup and filled with hot water, sugar is added to taste. For these purposes, usually used coffee of low grades or type blend (a mixture of ground beans). Such brewing in Hebrew is called a bots, which means “dirt”, as the coffee grounds remain at the bottom. Despite the low cost, simplicity and the absence of the need to use a coffee machine, the fighter is widespread throughout Israel. Another original recipe is known – Israeli coffee with honey and garlic. When cooking, honey is first added to the Turk, then cold water, ground coffee and a clove of garlic, cut into two slices. Stirlitz himself appreciated the taste of such an original coffee – at least, as Yulian Semenov so claims! When traveling in Jewish places, you may also have the opportunity to try the Jewish-garlic honey variation of coffee in Hebrew. Coffee in the Israeli tradition is a symbol of friendly disposition and a necessary element of communication. But if there is no time to talk, you can enjoy the taste on the way to work or home. Takeaway coffee is offered almost everywhere. The magic word “varnish” will allow you to become the owner of a steaming elixir in a paper cup. What do they drink coffee in Israel Although Israel is not among the top ten champions in the use of coffee (Finland, Norway, Iceland usually occupy the top ranks), it boasts a special atmosphere prevailing in Jewish coffee houses. Most cafes in the morning are crowded with people. On the tables in excess are small cups or larger circles. Traditionally, coffee is ordered pastries. Among the most favorite Israeli desserts are baklava (baklava), scones (sand crescent-shaped bagels with various fillings), pancakes. During the Hanukkah festival (usually in late autumn or early winter), the main dessert for coffee is everywhere sufgania (fried donuts with jam, sprinkled with powdered sugar).
The most popular coffee brand in Israel. If you plan to bring coffee from Israel as a gift, it is better to stop at the most famous and worthy national brand – “Elite”. The history of the brand began in the middle of the last century – then the founder of the company took great risks, deciding to start the production of instant coffee. But before that time, the country simply did not know about this “wonder”. Today, Israeli Elite coffee has a strong position in the Jewish culture of drink consumption, and the traditional packaging (green or red) with a distinctive flower logo is incredibly recognizable. About 70% of the country’s population prefers this particular brand.