Monday, February 6, 2012

Gahwa (Bahraini Spiced Coffee)


Adapted from Um Safia

I was so excited to be able to uncork the bottle of saffron threads a good friend gave me for Christmas. Yes, my friends know what I like! And I really, really liked this coffee.

4 water
4 T pulverized coffee (the original calls for "gulf coffee")
1 t ground cardamom
large pinch of saffron
2 T rosewater

Bring water to boil.

Add the coffee, cardamom, and saffron.

Simmer uncovered on low heat for 5 minutes.

Bring mixture up to the boil again then remove from the heat.

Add the rosewater and bring to a boil a third time and simmer, again, on low heat for another 5 minutes.

Serve in demitasse cups with dates, mixed nuts or pastries.

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