Arabica…Arabic Style

We all know that coffee was discovered in the land of Arabs. however, the Arab style to make coffee is quite different. It is called Gava or Kehva and basically means a ‘brew’.

Traditionally the coffee beans are slightly roasted and finely ground. One boils ground coffee in water for 20 minutes, plenty of ground cardamom is added and the brew is boiled again. some Safforon is added for flavor. It is served in small portions and almost always with dates (the fruit that is).

Instinctively, I will not boil the coffee. So here is my method with some variations.

Boil required amount of water. Add a good amount of crushed ginger and crushed or ground cardamom. These are not just for flavor but one should be able to taste the pungent taste. boil for about 10 minutes. meanwhile in a teapot, add ground coffee (to taste), a bit of cinnamon, a pinch of mint. Add the boiled water along with everything into the teapot, cover with lid and a tea-cozy (to keep it warm). Give it 5 minutes. Pour into cups and enjoy. It does taste good with dates. Trust me.

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2 comments on “Arabica…Arabic Style
  1. neihtn2012 says:

    Thank you. I’ll give it a try.

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