مكياطة|The Culture of Macchiato

Macchiato مكياطةEveryone drinks coffee. We can’t live without it. And it is the reason why we can keep concentrating during the long work day. However, regular coffee in Libya is not populare. Libyans have copied one of the Italian culture of drinking “Macchiato”. The macchiato (mah-key-AH-toe) or as Libyans called (Mak-Ya_Tah مكياطة)  is the main coffee style of Italian coffee culture, along with the espresso and cappuccino. It’s basically an espresso (served in a demitasse cup) with a small amount of foamed milk on top.

Walking in Benghazi’s streets, one could see lots of small coffee cups are thrown on the sidewalk with cigarettes. The combination of macchito and cigarettes is for some people the most enjoyable time. One of coffee makers in Benghazi told me that people order macchiato because it’s concentrated by caffeine. He said that coffee could make them “high” enough and relaxed while smoking and drinking.

According to a survey I have conducted with Libyans, 80% of young Libyans order macchiato. In addition to their favorite espresso, they drink also Nescafe and Turkish Coffee. They carry their coffee with them everywhere. They stand, set, drive their cars or walking with coffee in their hands.  The small cups of macchiato costs 0.5 D.L ( 38 Cent) . Many Libyans drink macchiato twice a day, In the morning and afternoon. The survey shows also the most  time that Libyans get their macchiato at 4 pm- 6 pm. This is the time after they had their lunch and woke up from their long nap. Many Libyans drink macchiato twice a day, In the morning and afternoon.

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I’m writing about this because of some bad habit that follow this culture. There are some points we need really to take care of. As a Benghazino, please consider not doing the following list:

Do NOT park your car in front of a coffee shop and blocking the road and sidewalk. Sometimes, when I drive I get stuck in jam traffic. The traffic moves too slowly. When I reach the congestion point, I usually find someone parked his car in the middle of the road and turned his four signal light. This person is blocking the road just because he wants to drink macchiato.

Do NOT through your small cups. Please keep it with you until you find a trash. I have mentioned this point in my topic about driving your car. One of the things Benghazi is recognized is the number of throwing coffee cups in streets.

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DO NOT order your coffee unless it’s your turn. Many times, I get in a coffee and there are lots of people in line. I just wait my turn to order. Unfortunate, just few people respect the fact of standing in line. Please, don’t cross the line and JUST wait.

DO NOT buy your coffee from illegal coffee shop. Because of the need to coffee and the culture of macchiato in Libya, coffee shop business is profitable. If there is profit in a business, there will be more people try to fill and reach their profit. Therefore, some people open their shops illegal,or what they are known in Libya by Keshk (كشك).

So, Drinking macchiato afternoon is one of the things that we need to keep it in Benghazi. Seen faces just got up from their nap and standing in front of coffee waiting for their secret drink is a wonderful experience. However, this culture should be followed with good behavior and treatments. 

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