I Fell In Love

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.

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An Arabic Coffee Setting

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About 6 varieties of dates

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A cup of Arabic Coffee

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