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Coffee is a big deal for Lebanese in Lebanon or even for those living abroad. It is served throughout the day, at home, restaurants and in the public cafes. Lebanese coffee is strong, thick and often flavored with cardamom. When guests arrive at one's home, they are invariably persuaded to stay for a coffee, no matter how short their visit.

Whether you’re visiting a friend or a carpet maker, you’ll always be served a traditional Arab coffee as a sign of welcome, served in a demitasse. It is poured out in front of the guest from a long-handled coffee pot, and generally served with a glass of water. Lebanese coffee is made with a rakweh (special coffee pot).

The Lebanese host usually asks the guests how they take their coffee; with or without sugar, since sugar is added during preparation, not afterward. When you drink Lebanese coffee, stop before you reach the grounds (tefl) left in the bottom of the cup.

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  • Copyright: Hussein Kefel (Hussein_Kefel) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 116] (815)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-11-16
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-11-17 2:29
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