Traditional Arabic Tea

a platter of traditional arabic tea sits on a plate that you can drink when you travel to morocco with Jaya.

Tea culture has been a part of Arabic traditions for centuries and comes in all forms, from the dark brews of Egypt to the refreshing Moroccan varieties. If you’re taking a trip to Morocco, then you’ll be presented with multiple opportunities for a cup of traditional tea. Jaya Travel & Tours is a handy guide to the different traditional Arabic tea you’ll find when visiting the Middle East and North Africa.

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Types of Traditional Arabic Tea

Maramia (Sage Tea)

This earthy favorite of the Middle East aids with digestive issues, stress reduction, and is a powerful antioxidant.

A cup of golden tea inside a clear glass teacup with sage leaves on the outside and inside served on a saucer in the traditional tea culture way.

Babooneh (Chamomile Tea)

Often served in the evening before bed, this tea provides ultimate relaxation without the stimulus of caffeine.

A clear cup of chamomile tea lays on the table next to loose tea and flowers from the traditional Arabic tea culture that you can visit with Jaya Travel.

Yansoon (Anise Tea)

Fans of black licorice will love this naturally sweet tea. It’s the perfect dessert and helps aid with digestion.

A cup of anise tea with cinnamon from the traditional arabic tea culture that can be enjoyed in morocco and egypt when you travel with Jaya Travel and Tours.

Kuwaiti (Cinnamon Tea)

This variety of tea is made from boiling cinnamon sticks and is typically a very strong blend.

A cup of tea in a clear tea cup and saucer nestled between a pitcher of sweet honey and bound cinnamon sticks.

Hal (Cardamom Tea)

This regional favorite is usually served before dinner. You may find it to be a bit pricier than others, but the herbs are often hand-harvested, which accounts for the higher price tag. The taste is well worth the extra pennies.

loose hal or cardamom tea spread all over that was hand picked by traditional tea culture standards for brewing arabic tea which you can drink on a tour with Jaya.

Atay (Moroccan Mint Tea)

This traditional North African tea was actually introduced to the region by British merchants. It’s also known as “Maghrebi mint tea” and is the signature tea of the country.

Two cups of Moroccan mint tea garnished sit on a tray with sugar cubes next to a tea pot in the background. Visit Morocco to drink traditional tea with Jaya Travel & Tours.

Loomi (Dried Lime Tea)

As you may have guessed, this tea is made from dried citrus fruit. You’ll find it across Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, and the UAE.

A tray of Egyptian tea sits on a table in front of colorful glasses and a tray of traditional cookies for celebrating the traditional arabic tea culture with Jaya Travel and Tours in Egypt.

Egyptian Tea

Egypt is home to two popular varieties: Koshary and Saiidi. While both are variants of common black tea, the method of preparation makes all the difference. Koshary is popular in the North and flavored with a bit of cane sugar and mint leaves. Of the two, it’s undoubtedly the lighter version. On the other hand, Saiidi – popular in the South – calls for a much higher dosage of sugar to counteract the natural bitter flavor.

Multiple worn and weathered tea cups sit on a metal tray with Egyptian tea inside that is served according to traditional tea culture.

Libyan Tea

One of the most unique practices in Arabic tea culture is found in Libya. While most countries use herbs or sugar to add a little something extra, boiled almonds and peanuts add flavor to this fascinating break from tradition.

a woman holds a traditional lybian tea pot and pours tea into a cup for guests to enjoy a cup of traditional arabic tea on travel with Jaya.

Drink Authentic Tea with Jaya

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