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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A new morning scented with Arabic Coffee

Good morning (Sabah Al Kheir in Arabic)

Every morning at work, the office boy offer us Arabic Coffee (Qahwa). And, one of my colleagues is a gentleman from Pakistan, asked me today to write for him the recipe of Arabic Coffee since he fell in love with it, and his wife would like to prepare it at home.
Therefore, I will post the recipe here in my blog, so not only my colleague and his wife could try it and enjoy drinking it, but also you all can do so.

First of All, you need the following ingredients:

3 eight ounce glasses of water
1 teaspoon of rose water
3/4 cup of lightly roasted and ground coffee
1/4 cup of coarsely ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon saffron
*Arab cup coffee - Approximately 2 ounces

Arabic Coffee Recipe:

1. Boil the water in a pan

2. Add the coffee and let boil over low heat for half an hour
3. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes to allow the coffee to settle
4. Put the cardamom, saffron and rose water in a coffee pot, and strain the coffee into it

5. serve and enjoy

P.S: Arabic coffee (Qahwa) is a symbol of hospitality and honor. In the Arab Gulf countries and many other Arab countries, the ritual of serving coffee is a sign that a guest is welcomed and honored by his post.

Qahwa is NEVER drunk with milk or sugar. However, they serve it with dates (Tamr), fruits and sweet things.

Rules and Etiquette of serving Arabic Coffee:

Rules of etiquette when serving the Qahwa require the host or hostess to personally hand each small cup (Finjan) to the guest with the right hand, after pouring the coffee from the pot (Dallah) with the left hand.

I hope you enjoyed it!


  1. Assalam alaikum!

    thanks for a beautiful post! Very interesting.

    Although personally I don't drink coffee.

  2. Wa Alaikom Assalam Alice,

    I do drink Arabic coffee ocasionally. It tastes good especially when you drink it while eating dates. Yummy!

  3. hala dear!
    i always know before that its cardamon should be boiled for nus saa if you do black coffee drink. but in case of green-ma adre shlon. anyway like this post so much! remined me my work days my office chair collegues and even that hindu boy who cared for my morning cup of milk tea with cardamon;)
    best wishes to u.
    c u

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