As I mentioned during Coffee Breaks, Arabic coffee has a taste all its own. It is one of those tastes that builds on you until you have acquired quite a love for it. I don’t know what I loved about it more, the taste or the history. While we were sitting under the stars during a special trip to a bedouin camp just outside Abu Dhabi, I watched closely as our hosts followed the ancient recipe. It seemed something out of a fairy tale for me. I have always had an intense interest in the Middle East and its culture, so this was a definite high point for me. As we listened to the stories of a life that seems so distant to the glittering lifestyle Abu Dhabi exhibits today, I could feel a connection to that past. We enjoyed the coffee and conversation, and I wrote it all down as my dear friend told me the process of making Arabic coffee-UAE style.
Only in complete silence, you will hear the desert. – Bedouin Proverb
Recipe | Arabic Coffee (UAE Style)
You will need:
- Dallah (Arabic coffee pot) — Or use your own coffee pot
- Finjaan (Arabic coffee cup) — Or use your own espresso cups
- 3/4 cup Arabica beans (ground)
- 1/3 cup cardamom (ground)
- 1/2 liter of water
- Optional seasonings: saffron, cloves, rose water, etc.
- Serve with: Dates
- Boil your water on the stove in a saucepan.
- Add the ground beans straight into the boiling water.
- Boil for about 10-15 minutes. You should start seeing small bubbles on the top.
- Add the cardamom directly into the mixture. Let this boil for another 5-8 minutes. This is also when you can add your other optional flavorings.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour your mixture through a sieve into your dallah (or coffee pot).
- Serve your coffee in the finjaan to your guests (or use a small espresso cup) with dates on the side for a sweet treat.
Let me know how your recipes turned out.