How To Make Arabic Coffee In 7 Simple Steps

How To Make Arabic Coffee - Terrace Restaurant

Arabic Coffee Is One Of Our Favorite Traditions. Let Terrace Teach You How To Make Your Own Arabic Coffee at Home!

Middle Eastern and Lebanese gatherings often revolve around food and drink, and one of the most common ways to entertain visitors, neighbors, and friends is by brewing pot after pot of rich Arabic coffee to enjoy over delightful conversation.Though we think Terrace Restaurant’s specialty coffee is the best in town, if you’d like to try and replicate this authentic Lebanese experience at home, here are 7 simple steps on how to make Arabic coffee for yourself. Enjoy!

Making Arabic Coffee In 7 Simple Steps
What You Need To Get Started

3 Tablespoons Finely-Ground Arabic Coffee Beans
3 Cups Water
1 Tablespoon Ground Cardamom
1 Traditional Coffee Pot (Dallah)
Small Serving Cups (Finjans)

Arabic Coffee Beans - Terrace Restaurant

Selecting The Right Coffee Is Essential For Great-Tasting Arabic Coffee

Step 1: Select The Right Coffee

Finding the right coffee beans and grinding them correctly can be the difference between good and great-tasting coffee. For the boldest flavor, select light-to-medium roasted beans and grind them to espresso grade (extremely fine). Cafe Najjar (from Lebanon) is one of our favorite brands; you can find these beans at most Middle Eastern stores and at specialty coffee suppliers.

Step 2: Prepare The Cardamom

You may either buy ground cardamom or, if you prefer a fresher product, buy whole cardamom pods and grind the seeds yourself. To do this, crush the pods with the back of a spoon, then grind the seeds with a mortar and pestle into a fine powder. Set aside for later.

Brew Arabic Coffee With a Dallah - Terrace Restaurant

Authentic Arabic Coffee Is Brewed Using A Dallah

Step 3: Heat The Water

Pour the water into dallah and bring to a boil on stovetop. Once water begins to boil, remove the dallah for 30 seconds (or just long enough to let the water cool slightly).

Step 4: Add Coffee

Add ground coffee to the water and return to the stove, but do not stir the mixture. Once the water begins to boil again, reduce burner heat to low and allow coffee to brew for approximately 10 minutes, or until foam begins to rise to the top of the dallah.

Step 5: Add Cardamom

Remove dallah from stovetop long enough to let foam recede back down to the water level. At this time, sprinkle ground cardamom on top and return coffee to the stove once again. Heat coffee until foam rises to the top of the dallah.

Step 6: Remove From Heat

Once a full head of foam has formed, remove dallah from stovetop and let it stand for 5 minutes. During this time, the foam will recede and the grounds should settle on the bottom of the pot.

Finjans For Arabic Coffee - Terrace Restaurant

Serve Your Arabic Coffee In Cups Called Finjans

Step 7: Serve!

After the coffee has steeped for 5-10 minutes, pour into finjans, filling the cups halfway. You may choose to pour your coffee through a strainer to catch the spices and coffee sediment, but is not necessary. Note: Traditional Arabic coffee does not use sugar, but if often served with something sweet, like dates or chocolate. Other ingredients that would detract from the taste of the coffee, such as milk or cream, are also frowned upon.

Useful Tips About Drinking Arabic Coffee
  • Traditionally, the right hand is used to pour the coffee from the dallah, to receive the coffee, and to lift the finjan to one’s mouth. Drinking with the left hand is considered rude in Middle Eastern cultures.
  • If offered arabic coffee, a guest should always accept at least one cup. Depending on the circumstances and length of visit, it is customary for guests to drink three or four cups in a single stay.
  • To indicate that you have finished and would like a refill, place your cup on table or serving plate and swirl it 180 degrees. This tells your host that you’re ready for more.