The first time I tasted it, it was strong, and had an unfamiliar tart flavor. But, a student offered me some Mahmoul* with the Arabic coffee, and I was in love. Arabic coffee has a milky look, and is made with special Arabic coffee beans, cardamom and saffron. The coffee is then served in very small cups. I have had three or four cups at one sitting. It is very strong – stronger than any espresso I’ve ever had, and you never, ever add sugar or any kind of sweetener; however, you always serve the coffee with dates, Mahmoul, or any variety of sweets you choose.
The coffee is prepared in a regular teapot/coffeepot and then transferred into a special coffee server. I’ve tried to make it, but I think I added a bit too much cardamom. But, that won’t stop me from trying again. Arabic coffee is well worth the effort.
*Mahmoul is a round cake-like cookie, about 2 inches in diameter, and filled with crushed dates.