Coffee is the first word that comes to mind of most people in the wee hours of the morning. For many, it aids in having a kick start to their daily routine. Wikipedia reflects that about 2.25 billion servings of coffee are consumed each day globally. However, everyone has their own favourite coffee. And, I am certain many of you must have the arabica coffee topping the list of your favourites.
Arabica coffee, also known as mountain coffee, has its roots in Yemen. It was amongst one of the first coffees which were wildly cultivated. Even today, arabica coffee grabs 60% of the total coffee production worldwide.
We bring you a handy guide with all the information about arabica coffee.
History of Arabica Coffee
Originally around 1,000 B.C., the beans of Coffea arabica were consumed by the local tribe Oromo who were the residents of Kefa. In today’s time, Kefa is known as Ethiopia.
Then in the 7th century, these beans moved through the Red Sea and reached Yemen and lower Arabia and that’s where it got a name. Easy to say, the first brewing of these beans took place in Arabia and hence the name arabica coffee was coined.
History shows that Arab scholars were amongst the first to write about the brewing of coffee from the beans.
The written historical scripts describe that even in those days it was useful as a stimulant that helped the workers in having extended working hours.
The journey of arabica coffee commenced in Yemen and reached the households of Turks and Egyptians before it made it to the rest of the world.
Taste of Arabica Coffee
Arabica coffee is the most commonly consumed coffee worldwide. Majorly, all the coffee shops, marketplaces and grocery stores around you must be selling arabica.
Unlike other coffee beans, arabica coffee has a bit of sweet flavour naturally added to it.
It also has hints of caramel, nuts, berries and chocolate to it. Cold brews of this coffee further bring out the sweet flavour possessed by this coffee.
Countries Growing Arabica Coffee
This type of coffee grows best in the equatorial tropical climate. Hence, South America and Africa are known to be best suited for growing this coffee.
- 3 tablespoons of Arabica Coffee Beans – You can buy readily available ground coffee or you can get the roasted beans and do the labour work yourself.
- 1 tablespoon of Cardamom – It’s a traditional ingredient added to arabica coffee that enhances its flavour.
- 5-6 Cloves (optional) – Just for adding more flavour
- Pinch of saffron – Just for adding more flavour
- 1 tablespoon of rose water
- 3 cups of water
Recipe For Preparing Arabica Coffee
Grind your simmered coffee beans very finely with the help of a coffee grinder. Remember that the volume of water to coffee is 1:1 – for every one cup of coffee you need one cup of water and one tablespoon of coffee.
You can grind the cardamom along with the coffee beans or separately.
Making the Coffee
- Pour the water in a Dallah. Heat the water on a low flame and wait until it comes to a boiling point. You can also use a saucepan instead of a dallah.
- Remove the dallah from the stove after the water boils for about 30 seconds and turn down the flame of the stove.
- Add coarsely crushed coffee and cardamom to the water. Do not stir the coffee and water with a spoon. Let it settle down naturally.
- Place the dallah on the stove. Now at a low flame, heat the coffee and water mix for about ten to twelve minutes. Ensure that you do not boil the coffee. Boiling the coffee burns all its flavours.
- After four to five minutes, add cardamom if you haven’t already and cloves.
- Take out your thermos flask where you want to pour your coffee. Pre-heat the flask with the help of boiling water. Remember to remove the water before you pour your coffee into the flask.
- Ten to twelve minutes later you’ll be able to see foam coming on the top of the coffee giving an indication that its time to take it off the stove.
- Take the dallah off the stove and let the coffee grounds settle in the mixture. Let it rest for a minute or two and do not try to mix it.
- At this time, add a tablespoon of rose water and a pinch of saffron to the flask and let it settle at the bottom.
- With the help of a strainer, pour your boiled heavenly aromatic coffee into the thermos. You will observe that the thicker part of coffee beans and other carcasses will be caught up in the strainer.
- Leave the thermos as is and let all the ingredients blend into each other for about eight to ten minutes.
- Serve your arabica coffee with something sweet on the side.
The Key Takeaway
If you are a coffee person then arabica we definitely recommend you try our recipe. And even otherwise, once you taste this coffee you will not be able to resist it!
Arabica coffee is sure to set your mood for the day. Its aroma, flavours and the caffeine rush that it gives is worth all the effort.
Plus, if you look at the making process, it’s not rocket science. You can easily squeeze out around 30 minutes and carry this coffee to your work every single day.
Have it with a Belgium cookie and you will be set to kill it through your day!
My name is Shristi, I’m the founder of F and B Recipes. I enjoy writing about Soul Healing, Transitions Counseling, and of course coffee-related topics (my favorite is definitely the Cappuccino!). I’m the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, currently, I work on my second cookbook.