Dr. Firdaus Bukhari, King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, said in an academic study that Saudi Arabia ranks as the biggest coffee consuming country in the world, where coffee is a symbol of the Arabic generosity and hospitality, as well as a daily irreplaceable drink. The study revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the biggest coffee consuming country in the world. The imported quantities of coffee – used to prepare Arabic coffee – on an annual basis in the Saudi markets is estimated at 10,000 tons, The Saudi Gazette reported. The study showed also that the consumption of coffee per capita amounts to 3 kg per year. According to the same statistics, Saudi people spend annually more than SR1 billion ($267 million) for the preparation of coffee and its components. The Kingdom imports on an annual basis more than 26,000 tons of cardamom, ginger and saffron with a total value exceeding SR4.5 billion, while the number of coffee shops in Saudi Arabia increases more than 10 percent per year.