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Traditional Bahraini Cardamom Coffee

Annacia *


Another real treat from my friend Um Safia. I always think of her when I enjoy this.

My friend said:
"This is an authentic recipe for the traditional style of coffee that is drunk in Bahrain. The key to a great cup of coffee is the ground coffee - if you can get Gulf Coffee then do so. Gulf Coffee is light / medium roasted beans which are then ground with cardamom & saffron. If you can't get Gulf Coffee then use a coffee which is as lightly roasted as possible & add a little extra cardamom & saffron to the coffee as you make it."

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4 c
3 Tbsp
lightly roasted arabica coffee
1 tsp
ground cardamom
1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp
rose water (start with less if you are not familiar with it)
dates, mixed nuts or pastries. to serve with the coffee.

How to Make Traditional Bahraini Cardamom Coffee


  • 1Bring water to boil.
  • 2Add the coffee, cardamom, and saffron .simmer uncovered on low heat for 3 minutes.
  • 3Strain mixture into pot.
  • 4Bring mixture up to the boil again then remove from the heat. Add the rose water & pour into a coffee serving pot.
  • 5Serve in demitasse coffee cups with dates, mixed nuts or pastries.

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