3 Ways to Make Arabic Coffee

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3 Ways to Make Arabic Coffee
3 Ways to Make Arabic Coffee

Arab coffee is a generic name that refers to the way coffee is prepared in many Arab countries in the Middle East. That said, there are variations in preparation by location, including how the coffee beans are roasted and what seasonings and condiments are used. Arabic coffee is brewed on the stove in a special container called a dallah, poured into a thermos and served in a small handleless coffee cup called a finjaan. You may even be surprised by how different this type of coffee is from the one consumed in the West, but after a few sips, you'll just want to prepare Arabic for your guests.


  • 3 tablespoons of ground Arabic coffee beans
  • 3 glasses of water
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cardamom
  • 5-6 blackheads (optional)
  • A dash of saffron (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of rose water (optional)


Method 1 of 3: Preparing the ingredients

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Step 1. Buy Arabic coffee

You can buy roasted beans or ground coffee. Look for lightly or lightly roasted beans.

  • Some specialty coffee shops and online retailers offer types of Arabic coffee already mixed with spices. Although it doesn't allow you to adjust the taste (stronger or weaker), it can be a convenient way to taste Arabic coffee.
  • Another alternative is to purchase unroasted Arabic coffee beans and roast them on your own.

Step 2. Grind the coffee if it is not already ground

Grocery (or your home) grinders are perfect for this.

While some suggest that the grinder should make the powder coarse, others recommend that it be very fine. Try it out and see which one is best for your taste

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Step 3. Crush the cardamom pods

You can use a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon.

Step 4. Grind the cardamom seeds

Take the seeds from the pod and place them in the coffee grinder so that they become a very fine powder.

Step 5. Preheat a thermos

If you plan to pour coffee from a thermos, as is traditionally done in the Middle East, preheat it beforehand by filling it with boiling water.

Method 2 of 3: Making Coffee

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Step 1. Heat the water in the dallah

Use all 3 cups of water and boil them over medium heat.

If you don't have a dallah, you can use the cezve (Turkish container) or a casserole dish

Step 2. Remove the dallah from the stove for 30 seconds

Let it rest and cool down a bit.

Meanwhile, reduce the fire to low intensity

Step 3. Add the coffee to the water and return to the stove

It is not necessary to stir the coffee at this time, as the boiling will mix the powder and water.

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Step 4. Let the coffee brew over low heat

After 10-12 minutes, foam will start to come out of the top of the kettle.

Do not allow the coffee to boil as this will burn it. If you notice that it is boiling, remove the dallah from the stove and if desired, turn the heat down a little before putting the container back in your mouth

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Step 5. Turn off the stove and let the kettle sit for a minute

If the stove is electric and takes a long time to cool down, remove the kettle immediately.

Step 6. Remove the kettle from the stove and let the foam drop

When this happens, add the cardamom.

If you like, add some carnations at this point

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Step 7. Put the coffee back on the stove and leave it there until it almost boils

The process will create the same foam as in the previous steps.

Step 8. Remove the coffee from the stove and let it sit for five minutes

Powder will accumulate at the bottom.

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Step 9. Prepare the thermos

Empty the boiling water used in preheating. If you are going to use turmeric and rose water, put them in the empty bottle now.

Step 10. Pour the coffee into the thermos until the powder starts to come out as well

When you observe sediment falling into the bottle, stop. A small amount of ground coffee will stay in the bottom of the dallah.

You can pour the coffee through a strainer if you like; this will remove sediment from the spices and coffee, but it is not a necessary step

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Step 11. Let the coffee sit for 5 to 10 minutes and serve

To do this in a traditional way, use small cups and a tray.

  • The custom is that small cups are not more than half filled.
  • Although it is usually made without sugar, Arabic coffee is served with a sweet accompaniment, such as dates.
  • Milk is not added to Arabic coffee. If you like to add a little to yours, know that lightly roasted beans are better without milk.

Method 3 of 3: Drinking Arabic Coffee

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Step 1. Use your right hand to pour, pick up and drink the coffee

It is considered impolite to drink with the left hand.

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Step 2. Serve multiple times

Guests must accept at least one glass and it is customary to drink at least three times during a visit.

Step 3. Rotate your cup to show you have finished drinking

That way, the host will know you want more.

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