Coffee in the Middle East is like coffee anywhere. How good it is depends largely on the quality of the beans and how they’re roasted. As others have noted, Middle Easterners have ways of making coffee that differ from the West (the way the beans are ground, the method of making the coffee, the inclusion of cardamom and other spices, etc.). However, I have lived in the Middle East for 15 years and I’ve had thousands of cups of coffee there, ranging from quite good to terrible swill. It mostly comes down to the beans and how they’re roasted. Also, I prefer Arabic coffee to the Turkish style of fixing it. It’s much smoother and doesn’t have the “mud” at the bottom.