Wondering How to Make Arabic Coffee? We Present You the Way

How to Make Arabic Coffee
The method of preparation of coffee that originated in the Middle East is known as Arabic coffee. The beans and the process of brewing is not very different from what we ordinarily do to prepare our own coffee.
In the Middle East, the Syrian region has been a major cultivator of coffee for a long period of time. The coffee plant that is cultivated in this area is almost 3 meters high, but produces the same coffee bean. The Middle East population has long cherished the taste of coffee with fondness, and a guest in the Middle East is honored and welcomed with Arabic coffee. The history of this coffee can be traced back to the Arabian Peninsula where about 1,000 years ago, traders from central Africa and Ethiopia introduced the coffee berry and bean. Initially, the plant's fruits were used to prepare a type of wine. However, it was not long before the aroma of the bean enchanted the people of the Middle East.

Arabic coffee in the western world is quite a generic term that is used for a cup of coffee that is brewed in Arabian style. In some cases, it is also known as Turkish coffee. Such a coffee is often known as qahwa. Black Arab coffee is known as awha sada and the one that is slightly sweetened is known as ahwa ariha. When larger quantities of sugar are added to it, the coffee is known as ahwa mazboot and in cases where it is very much sweet, it is known as a ahwaziyada.

Making Arabic Coffee

The last spices and herbs that are added to the brew is what gives the coffee its distinct taste and characteristics.

You will require the following ingredients:
  • 3 eight ounce glasses of water
  • ¾ cup, lightly roasted and ground coffee
  • ¼ cup, coarsely ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon, saffron (optional)
  • Arab coffee cup (optional)
Apart from these ingredients you may include some milk or milk powder, in case you hate just plain watery coffee.

The process is short and straightforward. First, take a vessel and bring the water to boil. Add the coffee powder to it and let the brew boil for about quarter of an hour. Then, turn off the heat and put the cardamom in the pot and stir the brew so that the aroma gets whiffed into the coffee. Strain the coffee into a cup and sprinkle the saffron into it.

There are several alternative recipes of Arabic and Turkish coffee that can be implemented, if you are enthusiastic enough and can lay your hands upon the ingredients. You can prepare the Qishr, a Yemeni quasi-coffee, often known as the poor man's coffee. The recipe is the same as above, but instead of coffee powder, add in coffee husks, ginger, and cinnamon. The taste is a bit different from that of coffee, but as always, is wonderful. A very strong and rather awakening variant of the conventional coffee is the Turkish coffee. In order to make such a coffee, you will have to lay your hands upon roasted coffee beans. Use them in the aforementioned recipe with cinnamon and boil the brew till it thickens a bit. Serve with the essence of cinnamon.

Coffee was a delicacy that was widely enjoyed in the Ottoman empire, hence you will find several coffee variants ranging from Balkan recipes to the ones that were enjoyed by the Afghans. Every recipe has the same base but the essence giving herb is different.