Saudi Qahwa: What It Is, And How To Make A Perfect Saudi Coffee  

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Saudi Qahwa: What It Is, And How To Make A Perfect Saudi Coffee   

All coffee lovers will surely agree that coffee is the warmest hug to the soul, anytime! But did you all know that this beverage, which is loved worldwide, gained popularity in the Middle East first? Coffee has a long history in the Middle East. Well, this reminds me of Saudi Qahwa. Do you know what it is? Keep reading to learn everything about it. 

Saudi Qahwa: A Middle East Delight

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Coffee is known as the symbol of hospitality in the Middle East, owing to the long history it shares with this beverage. The first beverage that is offered to any guest, especially in Saudi. 

Arabica-bean-based coffee is typically (but not always) referred to as Saudi coffee, or Qahwa, in Saudi Arabia. 

Arabians who use Arabian Mocha coffee beans create Saudi coffee, a particular variety of coffee. These beans have a distinctive flavour that sets them apart from other coffee beans and are grown in the mountains of Yemen and Ethiopia. 

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This Is How The Coffee Is Served

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Coffee beans used to make Saudi coffee can either be roasted softly or extensively. Saudi Arabian coffee is typically boiled and served unfiltered, The brewing techniques actually vary from region to region and by taste. 

However, your coffee might be prepared with, cinnamon,  saffron, cardamom, or cloves instead of sugar, depending on the part you visit. 

In terms of serving, a finjal cup (coffee cup) is used to serve a tiny bit of coffee at a time from a dallah (coffee pot). Your host will keep pouring you little quantities at a time unless you make a signal to the contrary. Coffee is typically served with something sweet, such as dates or almonds, to counteract its bitter flavour. (As per Visit Saudi)

Here’s A Quick Recipe

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1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of coffee powder, 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron. 

Boil water and add sugar to it. Now mix the coffee powder in a little water and then add it to the boiling water. Then add cloves, saffron, and cardamom powder and stir well. Now it’s ready to serve. It’s completely your choice to serve it with milk or without.  (As per

Additionally, the main component in specialty coffees like espresso is often Saudi coffee beans. The most consumed coffee in the world is, by far, Saudi coffee. Saudi coffee is grown in Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil, and Colombia.

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