Recipe | Arabic Coffee (UAE Style)


As I mentioned during Coffee Breaks,Arabic coffee has a taste all its own.  It is one of those tastes that builds on you until you have acquired quite a love for it.  I don't know what I loved about it more, the taste or the history.  While we were sitting under the stars during a special trip to a bedouin camp just outside Abu Dhabi, I watched closely as our hosts followed the ancient recipe.  It seemed something out of a fairy tale for me.  I have always had an intense interest in the Middle East and its culture, so this was a definite high point for me.  As we listened to the stories of a life that seems so distant to the glittering lifestyle Abu Dhabi exhibits today, I could feel a connection to that past.  We enjoyed the coffee and conversation, and I wrote it all down as my dear friend told me the process of making Arabic coffee-UAE style.

Only in complete silence, you will hear the desert. - Bedouin Proverb

Recipe | Arabic Coffee (UAE Style)

You will need:

  • Dallah (Arabic coffee pot) -- Or use your own coffee pot
  • Finjaan (Arabic coffee cup) -- Or use your own espresso cups
  • 3/4 cup Arabica beans (ground)
  • 1/3 cup cardamom (ground)
  • 1/2 liter of water
  • Sieve
  • Optional seasonings: saffron, cloves, rose water, etc.
  • Serve with: Dates


  1. Boil your water on the stove in a saucepan.
  2. Add the ground beans straight into the boiling water.
  3. Boil for about 10-15 minutes.  You should start seeing small bubbles on the top.
  4. Add the cardamom directly into the mixture.  Let this boil for another 5-8 minutes.  This is also when you can add your other optional flavorings.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Pour your mixture through a sieve into your dallah (or coffee pot).
  7. Serve your coffee in the finjaan to your guests (or use a small espresso cup) with dates on the side for a sweet treat.

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