Why are Egyptians bringing their own coffee to coffee shops?

Saturday, 17 March 2018

“Legal drugs” is what coffee is called in Egypt and that explains why the slightest drop in its quality can affect the mood of all coffeehouse regulars who cannot get through the day without a few cups. Many mistakenly associate street cafes across Cairo with the retired and the unemployed and maybe that was the case decades ago, but now Cairenes of all age groups –including students and professionals, certainly no longer males only—frequent those cafes on daily basis in ...

Saudi ‘Diwaneya’ makes its way to the US with Arabic coffee, Al-Jawf sweets

Monday, 26 February 2018

Arab hospitality is brought to the US in this new Saudi “Diwaneya” where the smell of Arabic coffee, popular dishes, and incense fill the place. A Diwaneya is a traditional reception area where a man receives his business colleagues and male guests, mostly in Gulf countries. The Diwaniyah is an ambitious project carried out by the Saudi scholar Sattam Ayed Saadi al-Ramali al-Shammari who transformed his parking lot into an authentic Arabic hospitality spot. Doctoral student Hammad Al ...

Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Japan has a new cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop’s name in Japanese means “strange cafe.”The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer.“Would you care for a delicious coffee?” the barista, with a screen showing a pair of cartoon eyes, asks in a ...

Shisha with a gold fish sparks anger among Egyptian internet users

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Egyptians did not react well to a new Shisha containing a living “golden fish” inside its water basin, offered at a coffee shop in Cairo. Viral posts on the Internet this week showed the water pipe containing a small fish trapped inside its narrow glass basin. Social media users in Egypt strongly rejected the new phenomenon, describing the act as “inhumane” and considered it “animal abuse.” They also called on the Ministry of Health to intervene immediately ...

Perk up, Shanghai: Crowds throng world’s biggest Starbucks

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai on Wednesday as the US-based beverage giant bets big on the burgeoning coffee culture of a country traditionally known for tea-drinking.The opening of the sprawling, two-storey outlet in a busy central shopping district was thronged by hundreds of customers, some waiting more than an hour in long lines stretching outside for a block in scenes reminiscent of a hyped-up new iPhone release.The cafe spans 2,700 square metres (30,000 square ...

Study: Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The research, which collated evidence from more than 200 previous studies, also found coffee consumption was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers.Three or four cups a day confer the greatest benefit, the scientists said, except for women who are pregnant or who have a higher risk of suffering fractures.Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks worldwide. To better understand its effects on health, Robin Poole, a public health specialist at ...

Coffee to serve as biofuel for London buses soon

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Beginning Monday, Bio-Bean, a company that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemical will be using coffee as source to fuel the buses of London, it has been revealed.According to a BBC report, the company has partnered with Shell and fuel blender Argent energy to help create thousands of liters of the first ever coffee-derived source of biodiesel.The report says that Bio-bean is helping the transport for London (TFL) use coffee as an alternative clean source of fuel to ...

How Yemen once introduced the world to mocha coffee

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Mocha, that sweet chocolaty coffee we enjoy in winter months, has a history far richer than the drink itself. Most mocha drinkers know the hot brew to be a mix of chocolate syrup, or powder with coffee, but to coffee connoisseurs – that is the equivalent of a fake Louis Vuitton bag. To get the real taste of mocha coffee, you will have to pay around two to four times the price of specialty coffee. Last year, Yemeni coffee was priced in the US at $173 a pound. Or you can go back to the roots ...

Wake up and smell the coffee

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

There are many expatriates here who have lived for decades in Saudi Arabia and have successfully forged for themselves and their families a prosperous future. Having said that, it has not taken away the concern they have for their country’s welfare and state of being. In the case of Pakistanis here, there have been some misgivings expressed by long-term residents concerned about their country’s welfare. One such individual is Mohammed H. Zakaria, CEO of Saudi Steel. He writes: I was ...

Tariq A. Al-Maeena

A freewheeling conversation over coffee addiction

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I was engaged in an interesting discussion with a group of friends of which some of whom are managers and heads of sections at private companies while others are regular employees both in private and public sectors. As is the case with every discussion after random talk, the discussion generally veers toward a central topic. So did our discussion when after the initial casual talk our discussion gained heat with a cool central topic — coffee.I know the word must have jarred you readers for ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

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