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Because almost all people in Somalia are Muslims, they do not drink alcoholic beverages. The most common beverage in Somalia is tea, especially black tea sweetened with milk and sugar. Drinking 4-6 cups of sweet tea a day is common. Some nomads drink a fermented beverage called chino, which is made by burying camel’s milk in a leather flask for a week.

Cow's milk or goat's milk is not considered a part of the adult's daily meals, but is usually given to the children three times or more each day. At about age 3, sweetened tea is added to the milk that children drink. Somali spiced tea is a popular beverage in Somalia. To make it, you will need to use a kettle or enamel jug which can be put directly on the stove, as all the ingredients are cooked together in a pot on open heat. The main ingredients for this tea are cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, teabags, fresh milk and sugar.

Kahawa (coffee) is another popular beverage in Somalia. There are two methods of preparing it. The first involves mixing seeds from one or two cardamom pods, water, freshly ground coffee beans, ground cardamom and ground ginger in a saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and maintain at a low boil for ten to fifteen minutes. The second method requires you to bring water and cardamom seeds to a boil. Keep on a low boil for ten minutes. Add coffee. Simmer for five minutes more. Add ground cardamom and ginger.

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