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    Arabic Coffee

    Annacia
    Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:43 pm
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    Arabic Coffee
    From: Arabic Zeal



    A Bit of Background

    Originally the coffee beans were roasted on an open fire and prepared in a coffee pot (dallah), also over an open fire.



    Nowadays it’s prepared on a stove top and transferred to a stylish thermos flask, where it’s kept warm for guests. Below is an authentic dallah on the left and a thermos flask on the right.



    Here in the Gulf, Arabic coffee is bought at the roasters—either in the souk, at a large Arabic supermarket or even at the mall. It’s often sold at the same place where nuts and spices are sold. Normally there are four types of roasts available: Dark and Medium Turkish coffee (on the left below) or very light Saudi coffee (on the right). Second from the right is Arabic coffee, which in the UAE is also called Khaleeji (Gulf) coffee or local coffee.



    Coffee is revered so much in the UAE that you sometimes see an enormous coffee pot (dallah) in the street. These roudabout coffee pots are in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.



    The dallah is such an important symbol in the UAE that a picture of one is on the dirham coin.



    For Arabic coffee, the arabica beans are lightly roasted and lighter in color than what we see in North America. With the addition of cardamom, the coffee takes on a green hue (but it’s not as green as Saudi coffee).





    Note: sometimes “Turkish coffee” and “Arabic coffee” are used interchangeably, but they are different. Turkish coffee is dark and thick, with foam on top and grounds at the bottom. It’s often sweet when Arabic coffee is never sweetened.

    How to Prepare Arabic Coffee[

    A good ratio is 1 Tablespoon ground coffee per cup of water. If you like cardamom, 3 parts coffee to one part cardamom is good ratio to start, and you can adjust to taste. The cardamom can be ground with the coffee (the easiest method) or crushed cardamom can be added near the end of cooking. If you like extra cardamom, you can do both.



    In addition to the cardamom, other flavorings are cloves (added toward the end of the cooking process) as well as saffron and rose water (added to the thermos flask). Some say you can use cardamom with cloves or with saffron and rose water. I like to use all four!

    Sugar and milk are never added. However, Arabic coffee is typically served with something sweet on the side, usually dates.



    ARABIC COFFEE

    3 cups water

    3 Tablespoons Arabic coffee, coarsely ground

    1 Tablespoon cardamom (or to taste) either ground or crushed with a mortar

    5-6 whole cloves (optional)

    small pinch saffron (optional)

    1 teaspoon rose water (optional)

    Method

    1.Bring water to boil in a dallah. If you don’t have one, simply use a medium saucepan. I like to use a long-handled coffee pot (used for Turkish coffee) because it’s easy to pour from.

    2. When the water boils, add the ground coffee (and ground cardamom if it’s mixed with the coffee). Boil for 10 to 12 minutes



    3. Add crushed cardamom and cloves—if you are using them. Stir once and boil for another 5 minutes.



    4. Meanwhile, pre-heat a thermos flask with boiling water. Don’t forget to remove the hot water before adding the coffee.

    5. Remove coffee pot from heat, cover and let coffee grounds settle to the bottom for a minute. Do not stir.

    6. Add the rose water and small pinch of saffron to the empty themos flask. Strain and pour the steaming coffee into the flask.



    7. Allow to seep for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

    Arabic Coffee Etiquette

    Arabic coffee is entrenched in hospitality, tradition and ceremony. In the Gulf, coffee is served in a small delicate cup (finjaan). The coffee is served and received with the right hand. The cup is only filled half full or less—so it cools quickly.

    To be gracious, the guest should accept at least one cup. It’s standard to accept three. A swish or jiggle of the cup shows that you are finished. Meanwhile, all this pouring insures that the host is kept busily focused on his or her guests.


    Last edited by Annacia on Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:30 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Elmotoo
    Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:42 pm
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    This is GREAT!!!
    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:50 am
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    wave.gif Very interesting! I have one of these little pots that I received in a coffee/tea swap a few years ago ~ I have to admit I have not used it much! I have cardamom pods on hand and need to give it another try ~

    Annacia
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:59 am
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    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle wrote:
    wave.gif Very interesting! I have one of these little pots that I received in a coffee/tea swap a few years ago ~ I have to admit I have not used it much! I have cardamom pods on hand and need to give it another try ~



    Hi KUW wave.gif

    I have been looking for one of those and an arabic style thermos. I see them in a lot of photos but the only ones that I have found for sale only come in lots with 1000 being the minimum amount icon_eek.gif. Yes, I love coffee but thats ridiculous rotfl.gif
    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:07 pm
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    Annacia wrote:
    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle wrote:
    wave.gif Very interesting! I have one of these little pots that I received in a coffee/tea swap a few years ago ~ I have to admit I have not used it much! I have cardamom pods on hand and need to give it another try ~



    Hi KUW wave.gif

    I have been looking for one of those and an arabic style thermos. I see them in a lot of photos but the only ones that I have found for sale only come in lots with 1000 being the minimum amount icon_eek.gif. Yes, I love coffee but thats ridiculous rotfl.gif


    Pneuma sent me my little pot ~ I miss her since she is no longer active in the forums! I saw them for sale at Old Time Pottery once ~ when I'm in there next I'll look for them for you!
    Annacia
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:13 pm
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    Cool, if you could point me to an online store that would be great. I'm stick in the boonies and the only way I can buy interesting things is online. I've Googled several times with no happiness. icon_sad.gif
    Elmotoo
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:12 pm
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    Annacia wrote:
    Cool, if you could point me to an online store that would be great. I'm stick in the boonies and the only way I can buy interesting things is online. I've Googled several times with no happiness. icon_sad.gif

    if i find one, I'll send it to you, A! I have a couple Arab stores nearby.
    Annacia
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:33 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    Annacia wrote:
    Cool, if you could point me to an online store that would be great. I'm stick in the boonies and the only way I can buy interesting things is online. I've Googled several times with no happiness. icon_sad.gif

    if i find one, I'll send it to you, A! I have a couple Arab stores nearby.


    Sweetness, thank you hon. icon_biggrin.gif

    The clean air and wide open lands are nice but shopping is the shear pits out here.

    Where I live everywhere looks a like this:











    E_M_P_T_Y
    Elmotoo
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:24 pm
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    wow. that is a LOT of empty space. I remember going to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI & all I could say was, "omg...treees, trreeees, TREES!" Evergreen forests forever.

    Now i'm in the middle of a city, lol.
    awalde
    Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:20 pm
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    WOW I love your interesting post!

    I like coffe as holidays souvenir!
    I have never been in arabic countries but I got some from Jordania.

    Thanks for the informations!
    Annacia
    Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:23 pm
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    Hi awalde wave.gif

    It's so good to see you here! Thank you, I'm glad that you enjoyed the article.

    icon_biggrin.gif
    chef FIFI
    Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:09 am
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    Annacia
    Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:09 am
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    WOW, thank you Fifi icon_biggrin.gif

    WhooHoo
    Cookgirl
    Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:47 pm
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    Very informative!
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