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Topic: Quality coffee in Israel WAS +Why so little.Puerto Rico AA!!! (3 msgs / 103 lines)
1) From: Myron J
Yes, Maryann and Dave,
We have a "wonderful" and "interesting" coffee with hassles that go beyond 
coffee..but as far as our coffee situation as luck (or providence) would 
have it this month's INEEDCOFFEE.COM is featuring an article on the topic.
Hotels...don't expect much from them..and not from restaurants..but there 
are number of decent coffee shops and chains (that serve food as well) and a 
good shot of espresso.
Some of these chains roast their own and others buy from specialty roasters 
such as AVA.
Now..an awful lot (awful is sometimes the word for the results) depends on 
the barista or he/she that pretends to be one.
I get decent beans for homeroasting here.
There is a large Ethiopian population that perserves the Ethiopian 
traditions and they even do their own import of beans from Djimmah that i 
found in the Jerusalem open shuk (suk) market.
On a daily basis a lot of people drink turkish coffee (sometimes prepared 
with only hot water..so not really turkish brew) from vacuum packed 
preground and hardly touch instant. Turkish they will drink black...instant 
only with milk to hide the "taste"
ciao, myron
Myron Joshua
Kibbutz Kfar Etzion
90912
Israel
+972-(0)2-9935 178

2) From: Myron J
ooops
I wrote:
<Snip>
and meant "interesting" COUNTRY not coffee..
Myron Joshua
Kibbutz Kfar Etzion
90912
Israel
+972-(0)2-9935 178

3) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
Myron J wrote:
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We became much more aware of those "hassles" during our tour than we had 
been previously.
We had discussions with people from many points of view, from two men at 
Ephrat Settlement to a Messianic Jew and Jeff Halper (Coordinator of the 
Israeli Committee Against House demolitions) in Jerusalem to the 
community of Neve Shalom
We sensed that the complexity of the issues is much wider than we had 
known from here in Canada.
We hope and pray for peace in your land.
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We would have loved to have some sort of guidebook to the markets of old 
Jerusalem. There was far more there to be explored than we could 
possibly cover in the eight nights we were privileged to sleep at Ecce 
Homo in the Muslim Quarter. I never did see any coffee there, but my 
wife picked up several packages of zatar to flavour our pita bread.
One item we enjoyed there was the fruit they called "academia" 
(spelling???). It was wonderful, but I have not been able to find any 
information about it on the internet. Could it be that I am spelling it 
way wrong? Such a juicy, flavourful fruit should be available to a much 
wider market.
Dave S.
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