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Coffee Culture

Many of us do not feel awake until we've had our morning coffee. It has been said that humanity runs on coffee!

Cypriots enjoy their coffee morning, afternoon and evening. The kafes kipriakos (Cypriot coffee) was traditionally served in the small coffee shops in the village centre, but nowadays it can be found in most cafés and restaurants. It is also consumed at home and is often offered as a welcome drink in shops, offices and other establishments. It can be served glykis (sweet), metrios (medium) or sketos (unsweetened).

Cypriot coffee complements Cypriot pastries and desserts. Today I visited Ousia café/restaurant in Limassol's old town. I can highly recommend their anarofilo dessert, which is a filo pastry layered with anari (soft cheese made from goat's or sheep's milk), walnuts and honey.

As in most other countries, an array of coffee is available in Starbucks, Costa, Nero, Gloria Jean's and Coffee Island. Limassol cafés provide a relaxed ambience in the old town, in the shopping area or at the coastal cafés.

Coffee drinking brings people together and friendships are celebrated. How we need real friends who will listen to us over a cup of coffee! The Bible reminds us to "bear one another's burdens" and by so doing we "fulfill the law of Christ". Galatians 6:2.

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