I love Persian cuisine. It’s filled with a variety of spices so that it can add in an extra kick to a spicy dish. The last time I visited Iran, I enjoyed an Iranian coffee and was impressed by a large number of coffee shops in the country.
So when I returned from my trip, I couldn’t lay my hands on any coffee that didn’t have a drop of caffeine in it. How could I resist a cup of coffee in Iran, when they love their coffee? So I asked a guy in line for coffee to go, and he said that he’d give me a cup if I’d buy him one too. After the first cup, I couldn’t help myself, so I said: “Yeah, but that’s two cups!”
When I returned home, I asked a lady in line for dinner to buying me a cuppa, and she wasn’t going to. She told me she could only go to a coffee shop in Tehran.
I couldn’t help myself either, I went to the cafe, bought the most expensive teapot I could find and had a wonderful cup of tea. Then I thought, why not make my own special blend and drink it in Persia.
Coffee in Persia: There are several different kinds of coffee, and they come in all different forms and flavors. Some are made by grinding the leaves of the coffee plant and brew it using the exact amount of water, and pressure, that you need to get a beautiful cup of coffee.
Some coffee is fermented and added to the water. These are often good as a warm drink.
Another kind of coffee that is used in Persia is the ground coffee that you mix with hot water and add sugar or syrup. You would then add the liquid and a teaspoon of lemon, or orange peel.
Teabags are popular in Persia, they add in a bit of color to a dark desert. Also, the kasram, or tea bag, is another great way to have your tea.
Ikhwan, are traditionally made in Iran. These are extremely rich in flavor, and the leek is a traditional ingredient, but you could also use lemon and oranges, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, poppy seeds, and mint to add in some very exotic tastes.
Tea in Iran is a method of bringing social gatherings together. I’ve come across people, in person and through the internet, who will come to you for tea, or simply explain in English what the tea is for, and then offer to serve it to you.
The short of it is, if you can find any of these items, it’s certainly worthwhile finding out, because it will make you think twice about making the choice for the next time you’re on holiday, or off on business. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be drinking tea in Persia!