I am sure there are many special things about Israel that I will learn over the next few months. But let me share with you a particular speciality I have discover after only being here for a little over a week. Coffee.
Yes, Coffee! There are lots of coffee shops around where you can buy a steaming cup of coffee or a bag of coffee beans etc. But when it comes to buying coffee to make at home and you go to the little grocery store around the corner, guess what you find? You find instant coffee. Lots of options of their delicious instant coffee. Like, only instant coffee.
Now after living for several years in Minneapolis where I think people are known for their coffee snobbery, I may have become more picky with my own coffee myself, but I never considered myself a complete coffee snob. Until Now.
I move to Israel and am surprised to find that to buy real coffee beans you actually have to go to real coffee shops rather than just the grocery stores where I am used to finding plenty of options for coffee beans.
So I did a little research, and it appears that it is actually a real thing here. You can either go to a coffee shop and get a nice cup of real coffee. Or you make your coffee at home with instant coffee. You pour hot water into the dissolvable grounds and you have what they call coffee.
Thankfully I am in luck since I brought my little coffee bean grinder with me and an Aeropress. So I can continue to enjoy my real coffee beans and keep grinding them myself, too.
New things to learn every day.