Arabic coffee, or ‘‘Al-Qahwa’’ (Arabic: قهوة, qahwah, locally gahwah or g’hawah), is made from roasted coffee beans and cardamom, other spices are used like saffron (to give it a golden colour), cloves, and cinnamon.
Some people add a little milk to slightly alter its colour. It is served from a special coffee pot called dadallah (Arabic: دلة) and the coffee cups are small with no handle called fenjan. The portions are small, covering just the bottom of the cup.
It is served in homes, and in good restaurants by specially clad waiters called gahwaji’s. It is always offered with the compliments of the house. It is also offered at most formal and social events. Traditionally it served with dates, dried fruit or nuts.
Arabic coffee should always be served just a few centilitres at a time (it is considered unwelcoming to serve a full cup as this indicates you wish your guest to leave after one offering).
The host or gahwaji will continue to serve a few centilitres at a time until the guest indicates they have had enough by tilting the cup from side to side.