One of the most traditional beverages known and served in almost every house in the middle east is Arabian coffee. It is not just a drink but a legacy with immense value socially and physically, as coffee has excellent benefits for our bodies.
Benefits of Arabian coffee:
Regulates sugar levels in the blood for patients with type 2 diabetes.
Increases your attention and focus by stimulating the nervous system.
Aids in rejuvenating your skin.
Reduces aging spots and wrinkles.
Protects you from many diseases as it contains a great amount of antioxidants.
Prevents liver fibrosis.
Traditions of Drinking Arabian Coffee
The way Arabian coffee is handled and served isn't a mere tradition in Arab culture, but it is associated with showing generosity and respect. Some of these customs and traditions include the following:
- When serving Arabian coffee for guests, you should start from the one sitting on the right and go on to the one on his right, and so on. Or you start serving the Shaikh (the man with the highest rank or honor among them) or serve starting from the eldest one.
- The one who serves Arabian coffee must be standing and holding the pot or thermos with his left hand while holding the cup with his right hand.
- If You are served Arabian coffee; and you finish your cup, you should hand it in while holding it with your right hand.
- Once you finish your cup, you should shake it a little bit, or the man who served it will refill your cup again until you shake it or tell him you're done.
Arabian Coffee Recipe
You can find many different ways to prepare Arabian coffee, but there's one special recipe to make the authentic Arabian coffee as it exactly should be, and it's just tasty.
- 2 tbsp Arabian coffee.
- 1/2 tsp grinded cardamom.
- Some saffron threads.
- One cup of water.
- Put the water on medium heat.
- Add coffee and stir well.
- Let it boil and mix beautifully for some minutes.
- Add cardamom with saffron to the water and take the pot off the stove.
- Cover the pot for some time.
- Serve it while hot and enjoy!
Tips to get the premium taste of coffee
Make sure the water's temperature is 91-96 degrees when adding the coffee.
Use the coffee for up to one month after roasting.
Grind a small enough amount of coffee right before each use.
To preserve the delicious taste of your coffee, keep it away from air, heat, and moisture.
In the Arabian Peninsula and Arab countries in general, coffee is a gesture of hospitality and a way of welcoming friends and guests. Arabs were the first people to have cafes and divans to spend a good time with each other while enjoying coffee. So always remember to get some Arabian coffee whenever you are with your family or friends.