Saudi Coffee

 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

16 Responses to Saudi Coffee

  • Anonymous says:

    I love all of this information bc I never knew it. Thanks so much and your pictures are great. I want to try this coffee.

  • Anonymous says:

    Mashallah, love the changes to your blog! Your pictures look different, did you get a new camera? Can I twist your arm into cat sitting for me? :)

  • Noor says:

    Thanks so much yes I re-designed it a few months ago and finally got me a Canon. Who is this lol????

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am Maya, a long time lurker and fan! I read on your other blog that you would love to have a cat. I am thoughtful like that, and thought of you….Lol (wink) I need to go back home urgently for 6 weeks inshallah, so maybe by cat sitting you can test the water so to speak…… Lol :)

  • Noor says:

    Oh really your on the CM forum?? I actually had two cats for years but we left them back home. I have been ‘thinking’ of getting a baby bc I love cats so much.

  • Anonymous says:

    salaam, I came accross your site while I googled Saudi Coffee mashaAllah i’m trying to find a good recipie, i love your site and the photos and the info/history that you put w/ each recipie…mashaAllah, lovely.
    but i have a question..really you put creamer in the saudi coffee??

  • Noor says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words I really appreciate them. Yes, my mother in law who is Saudi always uses that and she makes the best coffee ever mashAllah so we all do as well.

  • A says:

    MashaAllah sister I love your blog! I’m a swedish convert and I just love Saudiarabia! ( too bad my husband is Syrian lol)Noor, What kind of coffee do u use here? I’m not very into coffee but occasionally I have a cup of arabic coffee with LOTS of sugar and this recipe seems great. Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family!

  • Noor says:

    Everyone has their own version I am sure this is just my families and my mil is the best :)

  • miro says:

    I had a friend from Saudi Arabia give me Saudi coffee and dry hal and so I was so excited to make it. However, I was really disappointed because I made this exactly as your recipe says, and it was really watered down . Also, everyone I know who makes it uses saffron and does not put creamer. Is this a regional thing?

    • Noor says:

      I have never had Saudi coffee with saffron in it but my father has told me some other Gulf countries do for weddings, etc. I am not sure if your coffee was freshly ground but that would have a lot to do with the weakness. Like I said in the post the creamer is something my mother in law does and I love hers the best. Different families make it different ways.

    • Noor says:

      The beans are green and lightly roasted. I have never seen them in the states since they do not have anyone to buy them. Try this:

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