Coffee is a staple across the globe as a warm beverage to start the morning or the perfect pairing with dessert. In Saudi Arabia, coffee is a symbol. A symbol of hospitality, a symbol of national pride, and a symbol of time-honored traditions. Grown mainly in the southwest of the country, coffee beans are carefully tended, harvested, and roasted according to methods particular to each region, which provides a variety of flavors and aromas. The methods of serving coffee in Saudi Arabia have a long history and must be faithfully respected to ensure the appropriate welcome to guests. Hospitality is an important tradition in the Kingdom and is always accompanied with a cup of coffee.
Saudi Coffee: The Culture of Hospitality examines the region’s coffee, from seedling to refreshment. Original photography by Oliver Pilcher and illustrations by Rafael Alterio are supplemented by images by Ibrahim Sarhan, Mohammed Albaijan and Dhafer Alshehri. Created in collaboration with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture, this title is the latest addition to the Saudi Arabia series, inviting readers to experience the many wonders of the nation.