How to Make Arabic Coffee
“Arabic coffee” is a general term that refers to the way coffee is prepared in many Arabic countries throughout the Middle East. That said, there is a good deal of variation from place to place, including how the beans are roasted and what spices and flavorings are added. Arabic coffee is prepared on the stovetop in a special pot called a dallah, poured into a thermos, and served in a petite, handle-less cup called finjaan. You might be surprised at how it differs from Western-style coffee, but after a few sips you’ll be making this for all your guests.
3 tablespoons ground Arabic coffee beans
3 cups water
1 tablespoon ground or crushed cardamom
5-6 whole cloves (optional)
A pinch of saffron (optional)
1 teaspoon rosewater (optional)
- Some specialty coffee stores and online sellers offer Arabic coffee blends with spices included. While this doesn’t allow you to adjust the ratio to your taste, it may be a convenient way to get the flavor of Arabic coffee.
- Alternatively, you can buy unroasted Arabica coffee beans
- While some suggest using a coarse grind, others recommend making a very fine, powder-like ground. Experiment and see what suits your taste.