10 Things you don't know about Arabic Coffee

10 Things you don’t know about Arabic Coffee

Last Updated on October 4, 2023

If you are a coffee lover, I can tell that the word ‘coffee’ brings a sudden wave of joy to your mind. You will find different types of coffee with different flavors and aromas around the world.

But nothing can beat the sweetness and soften the taste of Arabian coffee. Many people like to believe that coffee was first invented in Arabia. But what is sure is that this drink is a precious part of the Middle Eastern culture. In the Middle East region, they call it ‘qahwah’.

Let´s explore 10 things you probably don’t know about Arabic Coffee:

1. How was Arabic Coffee discovered?

There’s a very interesting story behind the invention of coffee. One day a shepherd noticed that his goats become suddenly energetic after consuming a certain plant. And since that moment, the Arabs started making energy drinks by using that plant.

2. Where does the name “coffee” come from?

The coffee culture in the Arabian region started centuries ago. The interesting fact is, the English word “coffee” was taken from the Dutch word ‘koffie,’ and this word was derived from the Turkish word ‘kahve’ whose roots have begun from the Arabic word qahwah.

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3. How is Arabic coffee served in the Middle East?

You will never see Arabian coffee served with milk or cream. It’s always served with a thick foam on the top. In some regions, you won’t find the foam as it’s considered an insult. If you are not comfortable with foam, you can just blow it back before taking a sip.

But you got to be careful with that. Otherwise, you might unknowingly end up consuming a lot of coffee grinds. Sipping it slowly will let the grounds settle to the bottom of your cup. Some people prefer to keep it dark and some others, light. 

Usually, they serve Arabic coffee it on a small cup and ornamented with a decorative design called finjan. People prefer to take it when receiving guests or during a family gathering. 

When it’s served in front of guests, they put the coffee on a larger and more attractive pour pitcher, known as the Della. Most often, it is served with dried fruit, dates, and candied nuts and fruit.

4. How does Arabian Coffee taste like?


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Traditional Arabian coffee has a strong and bitter taste. It depends on its type, roasting method, and freshness. But if you don’t like the bitter taste, you can always add some sugar or sweet syrup to make yourself comfortable with it.

5. Does Arabian Coffee have nutrients?

If you have fatigue, you will feel great relief after having a cup of Arabic coffee as it has healthy nutrients. It’s the perfect beverage to kick start your day as it’s served with different energetic elements such as walnut, honey or almonds. Qahwa also carries many essential nutrients to make your body and mind feel more active and alive.

6. Arabic coffee improves digestion

Traditional Arabic coffee, also known as qahwa has a lot of health benefits. 

Arabic coffee is an excellent method to improve your digestion. It helps you to get rid of constipation. This coffee cleans up your digestive system and improves your metabolism. So, if you have any digestion issues, they will go away after drinking the Arabic coffee.

7. Arabic coffee strengthens the immune system

Added saffron in the Kahwa is a great source of vitamin B2 or Riboflavin. Vitamin B2 is well-known for its ability to strengthen the immune system. It also improves your energy production and increases the production of red blood cells. Drinking it on a regular basis will keep your eyes and skin healthy.

8. Arabic coffee releases stress

Stress is a common problem in our modern society and, it has a severe impact on our physical and mental health. Drinking Arabic coffee will help you to improve your mood and relieve stress and accelerate your concentration ability. 

This coffee removes the harmful chemical that your foods or drinks leave on your body. You will feel more energized and relaxed after drinking Arabic coffee. It makes you happy and active by increasing oxytocin and endorphins in your body.

9. Arabic coffee is a great natural remedy

People are usually addicted to typical coffee and tea. These drinks are acidic and can be harmful to their digestive system and, that’s where Qahwa arrives as a gamechanger.

We get affected by flu due to dust, pollutions, infections, and congested surrounding. When you drink this coffee, it will rejuvenate your living. Arabic coffee is an excellent natural remedy you can use to get rid of flu, severe cold, and headache.

10. Arabic coffee is a fat Burner

Another amazing benefit of Arabic coffee is it burns fat from your body and helps you to lose weight. That’s why people prefer to take one and two cups of this coffee each day.

It reduces the cholesterol level in your blood vessel and decreases the risk of heart disease. Besides all these, it also has some other benefits, such as help you to get rid of sky dryness, acne, and skin infections. It can bring a natural glow to your skin.

Final Words

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. And different regions have different variants of it. They are different from each other in flavor, look and taste. Among them, one of the most popular or, you could say, the grand variant of coffee is Arabic coffee.

This is the most original form of coffee you will ever find, and it also comes with a higher price tag. It’s widely consumed in the middle east countries such as Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt and Iran among many others.

About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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