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)

Buy Arabic coffee.
You can purchase whole roasted beans or ground coffee. Look for Arabica beans in light to medium roasts.

  • 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


Grind the coffee if it is not already ground.
You can use the grinder at the grocery store or use your own at home.

  • While some suggest using a coarse grind, others recommend making a very fine, powder-like ground.[1][2] Experiment and see what suits your taste.

Crush the cardamom pods. You can use a mortar and pestle to do this, or the back of a spoon. 
Grind the cardamom seeds. Take the seeds from the pods and put them in a coffee grinder. Grind them into a fine powder.
Preheat a thermos. If you plan to serve the coffee from a thermos, as is traditionally done in the Middle East, preheat it now by filling it with boiling water.
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