Coffee and Culture

I have often heard nostalgic stories from my mother and looked at endless pictures of Libya’s golden years, a time that seems to good to be true for people of my generation. The 1950’s and 60’s, that brief period when Libya gained independence and Tripoli was a thriving progressive metropolis, and Libyan Muslims coexisted with Jews;…

A Craving for Foam

Contrary to popular belief, coffee was introduced to Libya by the Arabs spreading Islam to North Africa, almost a thousand years before the Turks first set foot on our shores. Coffee originating from Yemen was first brewed by the Arabs, and is correctly known as Arabic coffee (qahwa Arabia) in our region. The term Turkish…