Thursday, 16 July 2015

Mug of the Month: Lebanese coffee cups

It's been over six weeks since I flew back from Beirut, and I'm seriously missing the food. So I thought I would try and cheer up my post-holiday blues by dedicating my Mug of the Month to Lebanese coffee.

Yes, they're coffee cups, not mugs. But Mug of the Month is more about the sentiment of what you drink in the morning, so let's just roll with it, shall we?

Lebanese coffee is drunk in these tiny decorative espresso cups first thing in the morning - before breakfast - with Lebanese biscuits, which is a pretty good way to start your day if you ask me.

The coffee which was kindly made for me is made in a special coffee pan straight on the stove with a little water, sugar and on occasion cardamom - which, for me, is what makes this coffee taste so good. What is poured into the delicate little cups is a dark caramel-looking liquid which looks almost like molten hot chocolate.

Sadly I can't drink too much of this aromatic drink as the caffeine will keep me up all night, but a small espresso-sized sip out of these delightful Lebanese coffee cups is just too good to resist.

Want to learn a little more about breakfast in Lebanon? Read my Breakfast in Beirut blog post here, featuring traditional breakfast of ful medames and falafel, as well as dreamy knafeh - the indulgent breakfast treat.