I had a lot of fun writing my latest article for The Nosher, all about Israeli culture and history, as seen via its coffee! In it, I answer such questions as:
- Why can you get espresso at any Israeli gas station?
- Why do some Israelis still order instant coffee there anyway?
- Why do Israelis call instant coffee a “miracle?”
- How was our “espresso generation” actually misnamed?
- How do you make an upside-down coffee, and what does that say about Israeli culture?
As often happens, my article has been edited down for length, so I want to include a couple of bonus bits here that did not make the final cut, but which some of you might enjoy!
On Israeli coffee culture and international politics
In 2010, the Mavi Marmara incident created tensions between Israel and Turkey. In its wake, many started calling their preferred drink “black coffee,” or Israeli coffee, instead of Turkish coffee. Much like the Freedom Fries movement in the U.S. after France didn’t support the U.S. invasion of Iraq, this was a way of Israelis excising Turkey from their drink. Remarkably, Turkish coffee was also renamed in Greece, Cyprus and Armenia. Clearly, Israel isn’t the only country with whom Turkey doesn’t get along.
As someone who strongly dislikes their coffee, I’m proud of that fact. Maybe Israelis really do know better, at least when it comes to coffee!
Beyond that, enjoy this lighthearted romp through the many tidbits that connect our coffee culture to our culture overall!