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On  The  Menu:  Moroccan  Mint  Tea  Drop  +  Baklava  

 

 
“You  must  [serve  tea].  It’s  in  the  blood.  It’s  the  culture.”  –  The  
Washington  Post,  “Tea  In  Morocco”  
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The  tradition  of  tea  is  so  deeply  infused  in  the  culture  and  society  of  the  
country  that  it  has  become  an  art  form  and  an  absolutely  vital  societal  
gesture  of  hospitality.  Difficult  to  prepare  due  to  the  complexity  of  the  
ceremony,  Moroccan-­‐style  teatime  has  spread  in  popularity  to  other  parts  of  
North  Africa  and  as  far  as  the  Southern  part  of  Spain.  
 
While  many  other  parts  of  the  world  were  developing  tea  traditions  long  
before  Morocco,  trade  between  this  country  and  Europe  sparked  the  import  
and  subsequent  interest  in  tea  that  lit  a  fire  so  grand—truly  gaining  
momentum  in  the  mid-­‐1800s—that  Morocco  is  one  of  the  top  countries  
today  for  tea  importation.  Legend  even  states  that  Europe  bribed  Morocco  
with  sugar  (an  expensive  commodity  that  is  a  required  ingredient,  along  with  
fresh  mint,  in  Moroccan  teatime)  in  exchange  for  release  of  some  of  its  
prisoners.    
The  role  of  tea  in  Morocco  is  one  of  necessary  social  refinement  and  chance  
for  the  head  of  household  to  display  his  skill  and  artistry  as  he  pours  delicate  
streams  of  tea  from  high  above  the  cups  for  the  enjoyment  of  friends,  

 

http://www.myteadrop.com

 

 
families,  and  guests.  Along  these  same  lines,  refusing  your  host’s  offer  of  tea  
is  incredibly  impolite.    

 
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With  an  average  of  five  cups  consumed  per  person,  per  day  in  Morocco,  
opportunities  to  enjoy  tea  in  all  the  usual  places—the  home,  tea  houses,  and  
restaurants—are  plentiful.  One  quite  interesting  place  you’ll  be  offered  tea  in  
this  country  is  whilst  shopping!  Merchants  might  offer  guests  “Berber  
Whiskey”  as  you  browse  the  souks,  or  open-­‐air  marketplaces.  

 
Want  to  learn  more?    
Moroccan  Pastries  by  Rachida  Amhaouche  
Mint  Tea  And  Minarets:  A  Banquet  of  Moroccan  Memories  by  Kitty  Morse  
 
 
 

 

http://www.myteadrop.com


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