Kahwah Saa'dah.........middle Eastern Special Occasion Coffee

"The term Kahwah Saadah means "black coffee", which means no sugar added. This coffee is "only" made from light roast coffee beans and has to be coarsely grounded and is not the same as Turkish coffee, this is has a stronger cardamom flavor, but lighter texture.I believe this coffee originated from Saudi Arabia. This coffee is usually made for special occasions such as Eid or funerals. This is usually placed in carafes to keep hot all day and served in specific cups with no handles.Even though this coffee is lighter in texture it is considered to be even stronger than Turkish coffee so it is served in small portions. I usually add sugar to my cup, just because I dont like black coffee."
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Ready In:
2 carafes




  • Place the cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle and hit several times to open pods.
  • Place pods in a medium pot over a medium heat and let the pods "roast" for approximately 1 minute. This will release the flavor and aroma.
  • Then add water and coffee to the pot and let boil for about 7-10 minutes.
  • Strain the coffee and place in a carafe to keep hot.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. WOW, that definitely gave me a kick-start after a short night! What a delightful blast of caffein - the taste of this coffee was wonderful, maybe due to the slightly roasted cardamom pods. I used an organic Arabica coffee because that was what I had on hand, and sweetened it a bit. Like the others, I made only 1/4 of the recipe and enjoyed it during the day. I'll make this again often, thanks for sharing!<br/>Made for Let's Go to Saudi Arabia / N*A*M*E forum June 2013
  2. After reading the review by Mirj I too made 1/4 recipe as I'm the only one here who enjoys flavorful additives in coffee. For myself, I found the pods gave plenty of flavor and didn't add any ground cardamom. This was greatly enjoyed this morning and is something that I will make again :D
  3. Boy, did this wake me up this morning! Here in Israel I can buy Turkish ground coffee with cardamom already mixed in, right in the supermarket. But I always have cardamom pods in the house, so I decided to try the homemade version myself. I only made a quarter of the recipe as I'm really the only one in the house who drinks coffee. I ground the coffee beans (a local blend, very strong) and went at the pods with my mortar and pestle. The smell of the cardamom roasting in the pan was heavenly! I had a cup of this first thing in the morning, very sweet as is the local custom here. The rest I took to the office to keep me going throughout the day. Thanks for the experience, Fifi, and Ramadan kareem!



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