How To Make Arabic (or Turkish) Coffee

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Enjoyed throughout the Middle East, Arabic coffee is deliciously rich, and easy to make at home.

Step 1: Fill pot with water
Fill the pot with one-quarter cup of cold water for every cup of coffee you want to make, plus an extra quarter cup of water.

Step 2: Add coffee and stir
Add one heaping teaspoon of grounds per quarter cup of water. Add the cardamom, if using. Stir in the sugar – about one teaspoon for every two teaspoons of coffee grounds. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Step 3: Heat the mixture
Place the pot on very low heat. Don’t stir or move the pot, but monitor it carefully while holding the handle. Heat the pot as slowly as you can – the slower the heat, the better the coffee will taste.

Step 4: Remove from heat when coffee froths
After a few minutes, the coffee will suddenly start to froth and rise quickly. As soon as it does, lift the pot off the heat until the froth subsides.

Step 5: Repeat and remove
Let the pot heat and froth up again, then a third time, lifting it off the heat each time before it boils over.

For the special froth that makes this coffee distinct, don’t ever stir the coffee.

Step 6: Let settle
After the coffee bubbles up three times, turn off the heat and let the coffee pot sit for a couple of minutes so the grounds and sediment settle.

Step 7: Pour coffee and enjoy
Fill each small cup about a quarter full to distribute the froth evenly. Then, go back and fill the cups with the rest of the liquid. Leave the rest of the water in the pot with the sediment. Enjoy!

Did You Know?
In many Middle Eastern countries, Arabic coffee is served at the end of a guest’s visit to signal that it’s time to go home!

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  1. iMuaaz
    July 15, 2013

    In Damascus we give "the guest" coffee at the begin of visiting and when they leave

  2. AveParadiso
    July 15, 2013

    That is thick enough to give me a cardiac arrest, or make me chew through the dry wall

  3. Monica Daniel
    July 15, 2013

    Im arab ^^

  4. Monica Daniel
    July 15, 2013

    Hold up. We Egyptians make the coffee to be NICE. Not to signal anyone to leave. We dont SIGNAL. We tell you up front if you need to leave.

  5. Kyle Mac
    July 15, 2013

    Best coffee in the world is mocha coffee which comes from Yemen,mocha city.

  6. Raghad Al-hindi
    July 15, 2013

    No No No
    there is a huge differents between Arabic and turkish coffe
    that one in the video is turkish coffe
    Arabic coffe is much easier than turkish coffe
    BTW I'm 100% arabic

  7. Ayça Demirci
    July 15, 2013

    im turkish and this is not simple.. this is verdantly.

  8. arlingo
    July 15, 2013

    In regards to everyone's comments about the closing statement. Arabic coffee among traditional bedouin tribes is served throughout the guest's visit in small portions, the signal to end the visit is when the cup is filled as to say, 'I will not fill your cup again.'

  9. Tigran Radu
    July 20, 2013

    Actually after you take the pot 3 times, you start shaking the coffee with a spoon and do this again, it will taste a lot better

  10. HaMooDi86
    October 12, 2013

    this is turkish coffee, Arabic coffee is way better!

  11. Shatha alMansouri
    October 15, 2013

    Huh all i know is it takes about four hours and sometimes a day
    To make luxurious arabic coffee and we make it on coal but this seems like a fast way and it wouldn't taste the same (an arabian from iraq)

  12. 16.
    December 18, 2013

    that's the turkish coffee not the arabic coffee there's a different 

  13. 16.
    December 18, 2013

    the arabic coffee is so so so so so so so so so so so…. beautifaul is better than the turkish coffee

  14. 16.
    December 18, 2013

    sorry (beautiful)*

  15. mmm5610
    March 15, 2014

    كذب هذي مهي قهوة عربية

  16. mmm5610
    March 15, 2014

    This is not Arabic coffee

  17. got mind in clouds
    May 17, 2014

    That's not how you do it..

  18. TheAys97
    December 17, 2014

    Just FYI arabic coffee and turkish coffee are not the same… This is turkish coffee

  19. Faisal Alardhi
    February 3, 2015


  20. Food life of a professional الحياة الغذاء المهنية
    March 13, 2015

    I am Arab and Turkish coffee maker
    Ready to work and assistance in this area
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  21. Elie Barbar
    July 17, 2015

    This is Turkish coffee not Arabic coffee. Arabic coffee is much easier than this

  22. RAK XCIV
    November 13, 2015

    the last information is't true

  23. Haider Alharbi
    March 3, 2016

    Arabic is not Turkish u num nuts

  24. Meshal K
    June 7, 2016

    man, u gotta be kidding me!!
    Arabic and Turkish coffees are so different..

  25. Ahmad Malass
    September 21, 2016


  26. Heather Haslett
    December 17, 2016

    Not sure where you got the last bit from arabic coffee is served all through a guests visit not just at the end. And it is so different from Turkish coffee. don't presume they are both the same thing coz they aren't.

  27. Mustafa Yaseen
    January 3, 2017

    Uummm coffee does not signal that it is time to go home

  28. Avocado 93
    October 6, 2017

    Arabic coffee is given as soon as guest arrive to welcome guest into your home, not the other way around -.-

  29. James aspiras
    October 7, 2017

    I'm a Filipino and I've been in Saudi Arabia serving a Royal Family before, I'm making this…called Turkish Coffee or Gawah Turki. 1 spoon of coffee, fruit sugar to taste and water. Makes a single 3oz cup.

  30. Cengiz söğütlü
    February 2, 2018

    its ottoman coffe

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