While Al-Qahwa is a symbol of hospitality throughout the Arabian world, in the Arabian Gulf hospitality is incomplete without Al-Qahwa. It is served day and night, at all social gatherings, offices, parties, weddings and condolence visits. Anything sweet such as dates are served with the coffee.
Al-Qahwa is served by a moqahwai or by the youngest person at the gathering, or perhaps by the host, depending on the occasion and the social rank of the host. The server should always hold the dullah with his left hand and the fanajeen stacked in his right. Using the left hand to deliver or receive at item is considered bad manners. Serving should always start with the guest of honor or the person highest of rank and age of the people present. It is a sign of respect to be offered the first finjan and a nice gesture to offer the cup to the next in rank or the eldest. When serving you should pour enough coffee to fill the cup slightly more than one third, but definitely less than half as over filling indicates that the server is not hospitable and would like the guest to leave as quickly as possible.
This is my mother in laws recipe so it as authentic as it gets. Saudi coffee which is also known as Arabic gulf coffee is made with green coffee beans which just mean they have been lightly roasted. You can grind them at home but I have mine ground fresh at the store.
4 cups water
1-1/2 heaping teaspoons ground coffee
3 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoon coffee mate creamer (powder)
1. In a coffee or tea pot on high heat add water and coffee. Bring to a full boil until top is frothy. Boil for 2 more minutes.
2. In a flask or coffee pot add cardamom and creamer, pour coffee into. Stir then serve in Arabic coffee cups.
Yields: 6 servings