Arabic Coffee -Qahwa- قهوة عربية

In the Arab,Gulf, Levant countries it's Arabic coffee, in the Balkans it's Bosnian coffee, Serbian coffee etc.., in Turkey it's Turkish coffee, in Greece it's Greek coffee, in Cyprus it's Cypriot coffee and so on... Bottom line we all have something in common and we are all proud of it!

We make this coffee in Lebanon in a coffee pot called "Rakweh", found in Middle Eastern stores or online as well as the coffee, I've never tried just any fine coffee because I like the mix of beans that I find in the Middle Eastern store (which is called Najjar Coffee), I'm used to it. The ingredients are simple: Water, coffee, sugar (I personally don't drink coffee with sugar so I discard it and serve it on the side). Cardamom is an Arabic tradition but it's always optional.

- We eyeball the amount of coffee added to the water but the perfect way is the following:
Half a teaspoon for every small cup (like the one in the picture or an espresso cup).
So for example, if you want to make 5 espresso cups, you fill 5 of these cups with water and add to the pot then 5 half teaspoons of coffee.

Boil water in a coffee pot. After water boils add ground coffee into the boiling water, stir well and keep cooking it. Every time it comes to a boil move it away from the stove, stir bring back to boil or cook again, repeat 4-5 times, then serve. We do this process because once it starts boiling it goes all over the place, so you wanna avoid the mess. Medium to low heat is always recommended.

If you like cardamom add some to it or you can buy Arabic coffee with cardamom.
You add sugar after you serve, if some of your guests like it without sugar. If everybody wants sugar, you add the sugar with the coffee and boil or cook. You adjust the sugar quantity upon taste, little sugar, sweet etc...

If you don't have Arabic style coffee cups, any espresso cups work.

*I took this picture in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina last summer, after my husband and I had a wonderful lunch by the river. They served sugar on the side and a piece of Loukoum sweets. I love this handmade coffee set.


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farida said...

My Turkish hubby who is proud of Turkish cofee:) would not mind trying Arabic too:) I need to tell him about your post:)

by MAG said...

Hey Farida :) good to hear that! Turkey and Lebanon have so many things in common :)

Summer said...

when i am in the middle east( the arab countries) i call it Turkish coffee but when i am in the states i call it Arabic coffee.
it is my every morning companion...i cannot live without it i think, i only have four cups in the morning and that should wake me up for the rest of the day. i prefer mine sweet, so i boil it with the sugar and i add cardamom to it too. i get my coffee from Amman, since it is the one i am used to from Al 3ameed coffee store...they are the best! such a simple post but i know it is needed to be posted, many people do not know how to prepare a good cup of coffee, whatever it is!
by the way, the rabheb salad turned out so yummy, everyone loved it, thanks again!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That is a beautiful coffee set!
I love this style of coffee too - however I make mine the Italian way with a bialetti - so you can add that to your list of various coffees - although it is a bit different consistency! :)

by MAG said...

Thanks Jenn! Very interesting, thanks for sharing it with me, I'll definitely add it to my list :) I love coffee!

by MAG said...

Hey Summer,
Arabic coffee is sooo good! I am glad to hear that everybody liked the eggplant salad :)

Mia said...

hi, i just came across your blog, and i have to say i love your recipes =) being born in Sarajevo, just the picture and the beautiful way you write makes me smile.

by MAG said...

Hey Mia! Well I spent last summer in Sarajevo and I like it a lot! Glad to meet you :) Send me your link too.

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