Making Arabic or Turkish Coffee

Patrick headshotIt is fairly common knowledge that coffee comes from Africa and Arabia. No one really knows how long it has been being consumed, but today it is the second most popular beverage in the world, behind water.

In Arabic nations, there is a method of making coffee that involves cooking it on the stove in a pot. If you have not had coffee this way, you really need to try it. It is an extraordinary experience that will change how you see coffee.

In the United States and much of the world, coffee is made by pushing water through it and drinking what you get. In Arabic coffee, you heat the water, add the coffee and spices, and drink the entire beverage unfiltered.

Recipes for this type of coffee vary by country, region, and even by family. If your family has a recipe, please add it in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

This is a Beginner’s Recipe for Arabic Coffee:

3 cups of water
Filtered, purified or spring water, please. (Your coffee is always over 95% water, so always make it good water.)

2 tablespoons of Arabica coffee
We can recommend a great source for gourmet coffee. J

3 tablespoons of ground cardamom
The fresher the spice the better the coffee. If all you can find is ground, use that.

Bring three cups of water to boil in a pot.

Add the coffee and then boil on low. After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and let the coffee grounds settle.

Now pour the coffee into a kettle or another pot. Add in the cardamom. Bring to a boil once again. Serve immediately in small cups.

As we said there are thousands of variations, including adding cinnamon (tastes a bit like chai) or saffron (delicious!).

If you would like a bit of sweetness, add some sugar at the second boil. You won’t want to add it as the table because, since the coffee is unfiltered, you will want the spices and remaining coffee to settle.

Traditionally, the coffee is boiled in a long handle pot. Then it is transferred to a kettle, called a dallah, for service. It is poured into small, handle-less coffee cups for drinking.

You don’t need all of that traditional equipment to make great Arabic coffee. All you need is great coffee to start and a desire to try something new. Enjoy, and please, comment below to tell us how your family makes Arabic coffee.