Savor the Experience!
You watch the golden-green stream descending from the teapot's long spout. With marvelous skill, the server lifts the pot high into the air, then lowers it with a flourish as he finishes pouring the first glass. He fills each successive glass in the same manner, delighting everyone at the table. But the biggest delight is yet to come—when you lift the glass to your lips, experiencing a chorus of flavors featuring home-grown mint!
Zaytouna Lounge is happy to offer mint tea, which is so popular in Morocco that it is sometimes jokingly called le whiskey Marocain (Moroccan whiskey) or whiskey Berbère (Berber whiskey). Equal in importance to the quality of the tea is the elaborate tea ceremony, which is a key element of hospitality.
While women traditionally prepare the meals, it is the men who serve the tea. When serving this delightful brew, the host pours from a pot high above the tea glass, sometimes pouring the tea back and forth a few times. This technique has a two-fold purpose. First, it mixes the sugar in the tea more completely, and second, it injects air bubbles into the tea, giving it a refreshing texture. Over time, the pouring itself became an art form, bringing as much delight to guests as the beverage itself.
You won't find this drink anywhere else, unless you travel to Morocco. In fact, you won't even find it there, unless you go to the little town where this drink originated. Shawnia Coffee is similar to a cappuccino, but with less milk. Your host at Zaytouna first steams the milk, turning it into a white froth. After putting this foam into the glass first, the host carefully pours espresso on top, creating a visually appealing piece of coffee art. Enjoy!