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Khawlani Coffee and UNESCO


UNESCO has designated Khawlani Coffee in the Jazan region as intangible cultural heritage. Unfortunately, it seems that the Saudis have decided it is their tradition because they serve this coffee. Ignored in this award is the fact that the coffee they are growing and drinking has its roots in Yemen, which has been known for its variety of quality coffees for centuries. Also ignored is the fact that the Jazan always had close ties to Yemen until it was taken over by Ibn Sa'ud in the 1930s.

I recommend you read about the real home of coffee on the Arabian Peninsula in this article by Kenneth Davids.



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