Coffee and Tea

Jun 28th, 2008, 04:09 PM
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Coffee and Tea

Everything I've read in books and on this site says not to drink the tap water, only bottled. What about the water used in restaurants and coffee houses for coffee and tea? Is it safe? Any advice?
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Jun 28th, 2008, 04:16 PM
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Tea and coffee are fine if they are HOT. If it was hot and has cooled down, not to worry...but if it comes to you at a less than HOT temp, you have no reassurance that the water came to a boil.
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Jun 28th, 2008, 09:34 PM
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Very true! If it was boiled (or nearly in the case of brewed coffee) there is absolutely nothing to worry about AT ALL. Also, MOST coffee you get in your hotels is going to be Nescafe and the water was literally brought to a boil for that - but I've yet to hear about Starbucks having any sick customers, so they must get their water hot enough too. Yes, Starbucks is here too - finally.

But, also know that the water is not THAT dangerous. It's not like drinking directly out of the Nile River. If you are American, then your tax dollars have been over here for many years working on infrastructure to build clean, decent water treatment plants so the water won't kill us. It WILL have a lot of chlorine in it (so it smells a bit like a swimming pool) and the bacteria in it WILL be different than the water you have at home, so your tummy might not like it, but you can relax a little. A little used for brushing your teeth shouldn't bother a normally otherwise healthy person. Keep the name ANTiNAL available in case you do come down with any tummy issues. It is $1 a box and easily found at any Pharmacy (Chemist).
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Jun 29th, 2008, 01:52 AM
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I would just like to thank all Americans for providing me with water fit to drink, you are so kind.
Jun 29th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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So rarely does the USA get a positive comment....

The American waters (teehee) are, of course, not just for American tourists. Egypt has had a high rate of water-based dieases which, I believe, hae gone down with the advent of American waters. Just one of the many things we do to keep the world safe.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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To tell the truth I know of some German GTZ and Italian (don't know what their AID program is called) groups that have been here improving water quality too, so you can thank them too.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 04:49 PM
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Debbie, are you kidding me -- there's Starbucks in CAIRO? Obviously, I waited too long before visiting
Jun 29th, 2008, 11:53 PM
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Starbucks arrived here at least a year ago - the way time flies, maybe it was two years ago, but they are here. Not one on every corner like I've heard some people thought it would be like, but they are around. In Heliopolis we have one, in City Stars there are 2, in another mall in the area is another, and I saw one at the airport in Terminal 3 when I flew out to the states last year. I'm sure there are more than that, but I don't really care where they are as long as all of the ones I just mentioned are in my back yard! Oh yeah, they are at the Carrefour City Center Malls too.

If you are a collector, they have a City Mug that has the Sphinx on it.

There is also a Starbucks at the Four Seasons in Alexandria, but they don't have a different city mug.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 07:47 AM
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I'm not a collector per se, but that one would be one to have!
Jun 30th, 2008, 12:33 PM
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There's one yet unopened not far north of the Sofitel entrance to Maadi on the Corniche.
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