AL SHAI AL MAGHREBI
Sweetened mint tea served by lifting the teapot high above the cup while pouring, is central to social life in Morocco and North Africa. Mint tea has been massively popular ever since the 12th century Arab traveller Ibn Battuta introduced the trend of drinking tea, upon his return from a 30 year voyage around the medieval world. And, hence, making tea in Morocco is no different to making it in China. The only difference is when pouring the hot beverage into glasses, it is done from high above to swirl loose tea leaves to the bottom of the glass, whilst gently aerating the tea to improve its flavour. However, unlike China and Japan there is no grand ritual for the serving and drinking of tea in Morocco, and the popular beverage can thus be consumed anytime of the day.