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It’s no secret that Israelis love coffee. Find out which cafes Israelis and tourists enjoy when in Israel thanks to writers at Tablet Magazine.

For Israelis, coffee is more than a drink. It’s what brings people together—at sidewalk cafés, on an open veranda, in a chic little spot in the city—to talk with friends, relax with co-workers, discuss politics and culture, or tap away at laptop computers. And each type of coffee helps create a different kind of café, and a different kind of atmosphere for socializing.

Today in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and a growing number of locations across the country, you can also find coffee shops that belong to the third-wave coffee movement, which views coffee as a quality artisanal product; these outlets sell only 100% Arabica blends or Arabica single-origin coffee, and roast their own beans…

American coffee hasn’t gained a major foothold in Israel; Starbucks, for instance, tried to enter the market but closed all its stores after two years. But where Starbucks failed, local chain Aroma Espresso Bar, founded in 1994 in Jerusalem, has succeeded, offering a wide range of food—from cookies and burekas to soups and sandwiches—and fresh juices and milkshakes, in addition to coffee. You’ll find Aroma outlets across the country—even at gas stations. (Aroma has also opened branches in the U.S.) Other coffee chains in Israel include Arcaffe—a more upscale version of Aroma—Café Hillel, and Ilan’s.

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