Coffee in Gaza is a ritual for grief and creativity
Young Jabar then pours those in attendance a second cup. They all agree that no coffee shops in the cities have coffee with the same taste as what they drink freshly brewed in their home.
The head of the family, Abdel Qader Abu Houli, 85, whose picture hangs on the wall along with ones of Yasser Arafat and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, says that like other Bedouin families in Gaza, rituals surrounding coffee have brought them together for more than 100 years.
"I have never for a single moment given up roasting and drinking coffee, since it is a symbol of love and unity. Coffee has a special luster when it is prepared in front of guests, as the fire remains lit for 24 hours with the coffee pot above it," said Abdel Qader.
Global production line
Coffee production in Gaza ranges from the old traditions to the latest production methods in the Badri and Haniyeh Coffee Factory, which was the second coffee production line in the Arab world, according to plant manager Mohammed Haniyeh. The first was in Algeria. During a tour of the massive factory, Haniyeh told Al-Monitor , "This production line cost us about $800,000. We bought it in 2004 from an Italian company. [After we began production], another line opened in Israel, then one in Jordan. Previously, there was a line in Algeria."