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what is arabic coffee & how to make it? a complete guide

SAKI Team January 25, 2024
What is Arabic Coffee & How to Make It? A Complete Guide

Summary: Welcome to the aromatic world of Arabic coffee, a beverage steeped in history and tradition. For centuries, Arabic coffee has been much more than just a drink; it’s a symbol of friendship and culture. In this guide, we’ll explore what makes Arabic coffee unique and provide you with a simple way to make it at home.

What is Arabic Coffee?

Arabic coffee, known as 'Qahwa' is a testament to the rich coffee culture of the Middle Eastern countries. Unique preparation, distinct flavors, and traditional serving define its character. Arabic coffee is a lighter, spiced brew with cardamom and sometimes saffron or cloves.

Cultural Significance of Arabic Coffee

Coffee in Arab culture is more than just a caffeine fix. Serving cup of coffee is like offering a friendly handshake, a warm way to welcome guests. Traditionally, the hosts prepare the coffee in front of the guests, signifying respect and kindness.

Brewing Arabic Coffee: A Step-by-Step Guide


To make authentic Arabic coffee, you’ll need following coffee brewing equipment:

  • Lightly roasted Arabic coffee ground
  • Water
  • Ground cardamom
  • Optional: saffron, ground cloves, or rosewater
  • A Dallah (traditional coffee pot)
  • Finjan (small coffee cups)


  1. Grind the Coffee: Coffee beans should be ground to a fine powder, slightly coarser than espresso.
  2. Boil the Water: In the dallah, bring the water to a boil.
  3. Add Coffee and Spices: Remove the dallah from heat, add the coffee and ground cardamom (and any other spices you’re using), and stir.
  4. Simmer: Return the dallah to low heat, and let it simmer. Watch for a gentle foam to form on the surface.
  5. Serving: Traditionally, the server pours the coffee into a finjan from a height to create a light foam. But be careful not to include the grounds.

Enjoying Your Coffee

People typically enjoy Arabic coffee in small amount. People sip the rich flavor slowly, often accompanied by dates or small sweets.

A Note on Etiquette

When serving Arabic Coffee traditionally, always use your left hand for guests. Holding the dallah with the thumb pointing to the top, and your right hand holding the cup. Your guests will receive and return the cup with their right hands, too. This shows a sign of respect and part of the coffee’s deep-rooted etiquette.

Making Arabic Coffee with an Electric Turkish Coffee Maker

Using the SAKI Electric Turkish Coffee Maker is a convenient, modern method for brewing Arabic coffee. This machine brings a balance of tradition and technology, making the brewing process simpler and more consistent.

What You Need:

Brewing Steps

  1. Prepare the Coffee Maker: First, make sure your coffee is ground to a fine, powder like consistency, known as a cezve grind. This ensures not only a balanced flavor but also the signature foam of Arabic coffee.
  2. Mix Ingredients: Combine the finely ground Arabic coffee, water, and ground cardamom inside the pot of coffee maker . If you’re adding sugar or other spices, mix them in as well.
  3. Brewing: Place the pot back in the coffee maker. Select the number of cups you want to brew, ensuring it matches the coffee-to-water ratio you've used. The innovative technology of the SAKI Coffee Maker prevents overflow and achieves a consistent foam.
  4. Ready to Enjoy: The machine will beep to indicate that your coffee is ready. Pour the coffee carefully into small cups, ensuring not to disturb the foam.

The Turkish Coffee Maker offers a balance of traditional flavor and modern convenience for brewing coffee. Perfect for coffee lovers who value modern convenience.


Making Arabic coffee at home is a delightful experience that transcends the mere act of drinking coffee. Embrace the rich cultural tradition and savor a cup brimming with history and flavor. This guide is a great way to begin discovering Arabic coffee, if you love coffee or want to learn about it.

Common Questions & Answers

Q: What is the difference between Arabic coffee and regular coffee?

A: Arabic coffee, also known as Qahwa, differs from American coffee in several ways. Arabic coffee uses lightly roasted Arabica beans, finely ground. Common flavors include cardamom, saffron, or cloves, and usually no milk or sugar. They serve darker roasted American coffee in large quantities with milk and sugar, but it lacks spiced flavors.

Q: Can I use an electric Turkish coffee maker for Arabic coffee?

A: An electric Turkish coffee maker mimics slow brewing. Which is essential for both Arabic and Turkish coffee. The maker controls temperature to stop boiling. This preserves the authentic taste and foam of traditional Arabic brews.

Q: Should I use green or black cardamom to make Arabic coffee?

A: To make traditional Arabic coffee, it is best to use green cardamom. As opposed to black cardamom with a stronger and smokier flavor, green cardamom has a light and fresh flavor that pairs better with coffee.