Maltese Coffee

Vickie Parks


This was from a blog that was created by and dedicated to coffee aficionados. It wasn't a recipe per se, just a description of how coffee is typically prepared in Malta. I just put it into recipe form.

Chicory has long been used in many cultures as a coffee substitute, especially when coffee is difficult to get. But chicory is still used today to make coffee bolder, adding an element that even the expensive coffee blends can’t achieve. A mere teaspoon of chicory added to coffee grounds is said to greatly improve the flavor, and it'll turn plain coffee into a more full-bodied cup of 'joe'.


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1 Min
4 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 2 Tbsp
    coffee grounds (strong or robust blend such as espresso or a dark french or italian blend)
  • 1 tsp
    ground roasted chicory
  • 6 to 8 oz
    cold water (use 6oz for stronger coffee or 8oz for weaker coffee)
  • 1 pinch
    ground cloves
  • 1 pinch
    ground anise seed
  • 1 pinch
    tangerine (or orange) zest, fresh grated (optional)

How to Make Maltese Coffee


  1. Add coffee grounds and ground chicory to coffee filter. Add water to coffee urn, and brew coffee.
  2. Add cloves and anise to coffee mug. Pour fresh brewed, hot coffee into coffee mug, and stir to disperse the spices. Sprinkle a pinch of orange peel on top (if using), and serve immediately.

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About Maltese Coffee

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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