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Coffee Guide

Israelis love coffee! Coffee is one of the world's most popular beverages. From waking you up in the morning to bringing friends together coffee is more than just a beverage. Coffee can invoke memories, anticipation and pleasure. Whether you prefer you coffee black, with cream or sugar, coffee is a part of our everyday lives, our culture and our society.

What is Coffee?

Coffee wakes you up in the morning, but what is coffee? Coffee is a beverage brewed from roasted coffee beans. Coffee beans come from the berry of the coffee plant. After going through a long and labor intensive process of cultivating, fermenting and drying processes, the beans are ready to be roasted, ground and brewed for your enjoyment.

Types of Coffee

traditional drip coffee, espresso, Turkish coffee, instant coffee and flavored coffees. Drip coffee is made by dripping boiling water over ground coffee, which is ground coarsely. The water filters through the coffee and falls into a pot. The difference between espresso and traditional drip coffee is the fineness of the grind and the brewing time. Espresso is finely ground espresso coffee that is tightly packed and has boiling water forced through it. The brewing time of drip coffee is much longer than that of espresso and contrary to popular belief 1 cup of drip coffee contains more caffeine that a single shot of espresso.

Instant coffee is made from brewed coffee beans. The coffee is brewed and freeze dried creating a soluble coffee or coffee powder that can be rehydrated quickly for an instant cup of coffee.

Turkish coffee is a style of serving coffee. Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are boiled in a pot and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle. Turkish coffee is unfiltered unlike other types of coffee creating a stronger coffee.

Flavored coffee is simply a coffee that has been enhanced with additional flavors, typically flavors are added during the roasting process but flavoring can also be added to the coffee grounds as well, common coffee flavors include hazelnut and cardamom.

Coffee Culture in Israel

Coffee culture in Israel is huge and continues to grow rapidly. In cities like Tel Aviv you can barely go a block without seeing a coffee bar or café. Regardless of religious or political views or affiliations, the love of coffee unites all Israelis. Israel's coffee culture goes back longer then the country itself.

Though in recent years cappuccinos and other espresso based coffee drinks have gained in popularity Israelis love Turkish coffee. Turkish style coffee, often called Botz, is as popular as ever, as is often enjoyed with ground cardamom. One of Israel's most popular brands of coffee is Elite, Elite coffee can be found in almost every home and restaurant in Israel.

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