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Holy Land: Something to Agree On

Matthew Harrison

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It’s amazing what you come across on top of Mountains. 
We met some Israeli soldiers at the top of Mount Tabor.  Our guide Arthur struck up a conversation with them and they offered us some coffee they were brewing on a single burner camp stove.  Though not a coffee drinker, I didn’t want to appear impolite and after some coaxing I decided to sample a cup (or in this case, a glass). 
It was fantastic!  I asked what gave it its unique flavour.
“It has cardamom in it.” The soldier revealed to as he handed over a green and white package covered in foreign characters, “It’s Arab.”
Pausing, he added sheepishly, “They make the best coffee.”

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