Starbucks never made it in Israel. It’s reported that Benjamin Netanyahu tried to open the chain here but failed at it.
Seems rather strange.?
After all Starbucks is a successful coffee chain throughout the world.
However, Israelis rejected Starbucks!
Israel has its own culture of coffee–it’s a blend of east and west no less than Israel itself.
Turkish coffee or “black coffee” seems to reign supreme. If you offer a sabra a cup of coffee s/he expects a small cup of Turkish coffee with a spice called ” hell.” It’s a bittersweet coffee that makes your hair stand on end.
Cappuccino coffee ranks next and reflects those Israelis who immigrated from a more western background, its also called cafe ‘O lei’ or ‘Cafe Hafuch’. Hafuch means opposite. Opposite coffee is coffee made with steamed and fluffed milk. This coffee is served with a design in the foamed milk and is almost too well designed to drink.
Then there is cafe Americani. Only those of us who arrived in Israel from the Americas imbibe in this somewhat boring but most familiar treat.
Best of all is the bet cafe (coffee shop) itself.
Indoor or outdoor is your choice.
There’s no proscribed length of time –The longer the better.
Sip and chat and people watch or read the newspaper
Or have a wonderful slice of cake or a croissant with cheese or bur-ekes.
Spend your morning, your late afternoon or your evening sipping and tasting Israel.