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August Coffee – Arabic Coffee


We have progressed from shoddy recipes to absolutely no recipe at all on this coffee of the month calendar. This month had a little blurb about Arabic coffee and the various ingredients that are often used in making it, but there was not actually a recipe of any kind included. I did a little bit of research and came up with a combination of sources with recurring ingredients to use for my own recipe. I apologize if you are a big fan of Arabic coffee and I have just butchered the recipe.

There are some unusual ingredients in this coffee, but the most common ones that I came across were cardamom, saffron, and rose water. Most of the recipes I read through stated that the saffron was optional so I skipped that on account of the expense. I also added a little bit of cinnamon because I found one recipe that used it, and I wanted it. I was not sure that I would like this coffee because it is traditionally served unsweetned with no cream, but it was actually very refreshing and delicious. The rose water was the only thing that was a little bit tricky to find, but I ended up locating it in the ethnic foods aisle at Whole Foods. Once again, I bought a small amount of cardamom from the bulk section at Central Market instead of spending an outrageous amount of money on a whole container of it. Based on my limited amount of research, Arabic coffee is traditionally served with dates. I did not have any dates, but conveniently, my Mom had some delicious date squares hanging around the house.

Arabic Coffee
3 cups water
3 Tbsp cardamom
2 Tbsp Arabic coffee
1/4 tsp saffron (optional)
1 tsp rose water
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Bring water to a boil. Add coffee and bring to a boil again over low heat; let boil for half an hour. Remove from heat for five minutes to allow coffee grounds to settle. Put cardamom, saffron, rose water, and cinnamon in a coffee pot and strain the coffee into it. I did happen to read that the coffee is usually not strained and you would just let the grounds settle at the bottom, but drinking coffee grounds did not really appeal to me.

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