Learn how to make this authentic Moroccan coffee that's infused with warm, sweet spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg in under 10 minutes.
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Afternoon tea is a big part of Moroccan culture. In the late afternoon, Moroccan mint tea is served with a plethora of cookies made with ground nuts and honey. With that ritual also comes Moroccan coffee.
It's a beautiful spin on your traditional cup of coffee, elevated with a blend of traditional aromatic spices ground together with the beans.
And if you're into coffee, definitely try out this espresso martini recipe.
What You Need
If you're an avid coffee drinker and cook, you likely already have what you need to make this Moroccan coffee in your pantry and/or fridge.
Here's the ingredient run down:
- dark roasted coffee, freshly ground or whole bean
- black pepper
- star anise
See recipe card for exact measurements.
How to Make Moroccan Coffee
Prepare the spiced coffee beans. If using whole beans, combine the beans and spices in your coffee grinder before blending.
If using pre-ground, simply mix the pre-ground spices and coffee together in a container.
Make the coffee. Brew the spiced beans however you like to make your coffee. Serve with warm milk and sugar.
Hint: pre-ground coffee beans and spices will work as will whole spices and coffee beans. Just make sure you have a good quality spice/coffee grinder before starting!
What to Serve with Your Coffee
Here are some traditional Moroccan pairings you can serve with your coffee:
And remember you can also make these 2 ingredient sugar cubes to serve as an optional sweetener.
Adjusting the Coffee's Strength & Sweetness
If there's one thing I know for sure when it comes to coffee? Everyone has their own way of doing it.
If you're into super strong or very weak coffee, fear not. This recipe is super customizable.
Simply adjust the amount of coffee in the ingredient list below to tweak the strength of your final cup.
If you like things weak, add less coffee and more water. If you like it super strong, increase the coffee and decrease the amount of water.
The same applies for the spices. Feel free to adjust the quantities as you like to make this your favorite cup of Moroccan coffee yet.
If you'd like to add sweetness to your coffee, you can serve with these homemade sugar cubes or honey.
Variations in Spice
As mentioned above, there are lots of ways to customize this recipe. Feel free to play around with both quantities and other spices you might like to incorporate.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Spicy - amp up the black pepper, add a dash of cayenne or paprika to add a smokey/spicy element
- Mild - skip the pepper altogether and keep things on the milder, sweet side
- Sweetness - add a half teaspoon of turmeric for some more sweetness and a creamy element
Coffee Preparation Methods
Most avid coffee drinkers already have a favorite way to make coffee and I'm not here to tell you to change. As long as you aren't using pre-packaged K-cups, your method should work.
Here are some of the tools I've used to make this recipe:
Again, I encourage you to use what you have and not overcomplicate it! Have fun with this recipe.
More Coffee Recipes
Moroccan coffee mix can be made ahead of time and stored in your pantry/fridge (depending on where you like to store your coffee). It will keep until the spices and/or coffee are set to expire on their respective expiration dates.
That said, most coffee drinkers will tell you that coffee is best when freshly ground. This means that the ideal way to enjoy Moroccan coffee is fresh, the same day it's blended.