“Qahwah” Arabic Coffee is the traditional drink served to guests and is drunk many time a day, morning, noon, afternoon and after dinner.
It is also the main beverage served during formal receptions and receiving guests and during weddings, and any event you can think of.
The international intergovernmental committee tasked with safeguarding cultural heritage has accepted the nomination of Arabic coffee to the UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity Representative List said Arabic coffee is a symbol of generosity. “Serving Arabic coffee is an important aspect of hospitality in Arab societies”.
Saudi Coffee Protocols:
There are very strict protocol to serving and drinking Saudi coffee, these protocols are often observed more strictly during formal events and gatherings than at home daily drinking.
Serving Coffee to guests:
Usually Arabic coffee is served as soon as the guest arrives by special coffee pourers, they hold the coffee pot in the left hnd and the cup in the right hand, it is very impolite to hold the cup in the left hand of either the server or the guest, and both have different meanings to the other.
Making Arabic “Saudi” Coffee:
Saudi Coffee has many forms, from the Saudi lightly roasted to the very darkly roasted that other countries such as Syrians make, is basically made from lightly roasted coffee beans to a light brown color and then ground to sugar texture and boiled for 15 min – 30 mon, then Cardamom is added to it and just brought to a boil and then served.
- Saffron: For very fancy coffee, saffron is added which gives a very fancy taste to the coffee.
- Cloves: In winter, cloves are added to the coffee which gives a warm feeling to the drinker.
Serving Arabic Coffee:
Coffee is served in a special copper pot and poured in special china cups as in the photo.