Declining coffee and tea in Jordan
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 5, 2013 12:14 PM Last Post By: Genya
Jul 30, 2013 2:29 PM
Declining coffee and tea in JordanFellow travelers,
I’m heading to Jordan later this year for my first trip there. I’ve read about the wonderful hospitality of Jordanians and am looking forward to witnessing it myself. My question: I don’t drink coffee or tea. Should I be offered these drinks while I’m there, what is the best way to decline them without offending the offerer? Maybe I’m making more out of this than needs to be made, but as I’ve not been to Jordan and have heard over and over of people who were offered coffee and tea by guides, drivers, hosts, etc., I want to make sure I’m sensitive to the polite hospitality of the locals. Any advice?
Jul 31, 2013 12:06 AM
Jul 31, 2013 11:13 PM
Aug 4, 2013 11:34 AM
3Thanks much, Raymond and Michel. I thought this might be a sensitive topic. I appreciate your advice and will tread very lightly and kindly. By the way, do you happen to know if any of the tea is herbal or is it mostly black tea? And is there a way to request herbal without being offensive? Or should I just go with your original recommendation and refuse on the grounds of doctor's orders?
Aug 4, 2013 12:35 PM
Aug 4, 2013 8:57 PM
Aug 5, 2013 12:14 PM
6rubbernecker the tea is not like tea we have in the UK. Its usually lipton and with lots of sugar and mint. I hate the English (and I assume American) tea but I love the tea out there. Unless it is medical it may be better in some situations to accept and just sip a little bit. Coffee is easier to decline because its very strong, easy to say on medical reasons. Don't ask for anything else as the person who asked will now feel obliged to locate it for you and pay, which will make you feel terribly guilty.
As a lot of people who offer it will then take it from tea sellers on the street (ie not their own kitchen) so even asking for a water is quite a hassle. If you really can't bear to try it then go for medical reasons but if you can try it once - you never know!
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