Arabic coffee is a bitter infusion of lightly roasted coffee beans and cardamom. It is a form of hospitality, welcoming visitors to your abode. It is often accompanied with something sweet, generally dates, to balance out the bitterness of the coffee. It is served from a specially shaped coffee pot called a dalla, and the cups are short and stout and without handles. The cup is filled only half way when presented, because the idea is merely to flavor the buccal cavity.
(cup measurements are used in the Arabic coffee cups, not the traditional Western cups)
1 cup lightly roasted ground coffee
1 cup whole cardamom pods
6 pc cloves
1 pinch saffron threads
1 litre boiling water
Put all ingredients in a large kettle and return to boil.
Once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
Remove from fire and let rest for 1-2 minutes to allow the solids to settle.
Without stirring the kettle, pour the coffee into the dalla thermos and seal tight to preserve the heat.
Serve with some dates.