Meet the sitta shai, or the Sudanese “tea ladies”.
Walk through the streets of Khartoum, and you will find these women in each corner, dressed in their colorful thawbs and covers. Beside them, a makeshift kitchen is set up to serve you flavored coffee and tea throughout the day.
And the flavors vary. Numerous jars of tea (black, hibiscus, Mahareb) and coffee can be accompanied with herbs and spices like mint, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
The chatter of the day’s gossip can be heard rising above the tea’s steam as customers sip close by.
To learn how to make Sudanese cinnamon tea, click here
Photos by Tomoko Goto
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