Coffee Culture in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Coffee has always been a main part of Middle Eastern culture especially in Saudi Arabian Culture, a traditional companion at meetings, weddings and a wide variety of social events. In Saudi Arabian families, there is never an occasion where the “dalla” — the traditional Arabic coffee maker — is unavailable. Coffee is aided over and over again in tiny Arabic coffee cups. Lately, there has been a rise in additional branch of coffee culture, ‘specialty coffee.’ Western coffee culture has spread rapidly in Saudi Arabia, with local cafes popping up on the streets and in shopping malls. Their growing popularity is well deserved.

Majority Coffee shops have turned into a social hub in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where people gather to share ideas and stories. They have become part of many people’s daily routine, and residents of the Kingdom are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of social interaction and exchange in such places — which offer space for dialogue, art and culture.

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The growing number of cafes has helped people share their passion for coffee, proving that it is much more than a beverage. Back in the day, there was just Arabic coffee, but gradually Americanos, cappuccino and other types of hot coffee were introduced. Also due to the hot weather, cold coffees were introduced, which is a big change, recent events have been held to highlight the history and development of coffee in Jeddah. In November, two major events promoted different cafes and offered people a chance to taste their offerings.

Specialty coffee and Arab Culture

Coffee experts explain that the third wave of coffee is the appreciation of high-quality beans, and the purchasing of coffee based on its origins and artisanal methods of production. The concept of the third wave is interchangeable with the rise of specialty coffee, an idea that countless resources point out is a current trend in the region. The Khaleej Times indicates that by 2020, the GCC will make up 50% of the global coffee market. These indicators imply that the region has adopted these trends to mimic Western lifestyles.

Arabs have always appreciated coffee as an artisanal product. Arab experimented with different methods of coffee making as well as trying various recipes and style. It is well known that Arabs add cinnamon, saffron and cardamom in their coffee, but that Levantine Arabs drink it plain, black and frothy. The region’s coffee recipes are as diverse as the dialects spoken, and this has been the case for hundreds of years.

More than two cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of heart disease in people with a specific and fairly common genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body. Coffee/Caffeine addiction can be a major problem in some people, including students and office workers who don’t have enough sleep and drink coffee to stay alert. The first step is admitting you have a problem with coffee, then start to work on solving the problem, Drinking half-caffeinated or decaffeinated versions can help, as can walking around the office or getting other physical activity when you feel sleepy. As long as it is not consumed in large quantities, coffee is something to be cherished and each cup enjoyed.