Arabic Coffee

Arabic coffee is different than any coffee I came across. It’s light and mixed with different spices, giving it a unique flavor. It almost tastes like an herbal infusion but with the heavy body of coffee.

In Saudi Arabia, coffee is served when guests first arrive, before dinner. It’s presented on a tray and accompanied with different types of dates and sometimes dessert. Most families have a tradition in the house of having coffee together after sunset (Maghreb prayer) and chatting.


Arabic Coffee


  • Raw coffee (we use Indian coffee called Nibaria)

  • A large pan or a coffee roaster


  1. Turn on the machine and roast the coffee in a single layer for about 20 mins. Until the coffee reaches a golden brown color.

  2. if using a pan, heat the pan on medium low heat. Roast the coffee on the stove top for 45 mins, stirring frequently to avoid burning the coffee.

  3. Once your coffee is roasted. Store in a glass container. Do not grind it right away. Wait until the next day to grind it.

Making the coffee

  • 13 grams of coarsely ground Arabic coffee ~about 1.5 tbsp

  • 900 ml of filtered water

  • 1/8 tsp saffron

  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom


  1. mix the saffron with the a little bit of room temperature water in the pot you’ll make the coffee in

  2. boil all the water

  3. once it’s boiled, add the ground coffee

  4. lower the heat to medium and cook for 10 mins

  5. let it set for 2 mins

  6. add the cardamom to the coffee thermos

  7. pour in the coffee

  8. enjoy with dates and tahini!