I’m the sort of person who can usually drink a strong double espresso and drop straight to sleep, it’s taken years of practice and coffee dedication to develop this ‘skill’ and some of my coffee loving friends are deeply jealous of my talents ! Over the years, I’ve honed my skills so that I can nap after Turkish Coffee, Espressos, and all types of milky coffees.
There is one coffee that I drink after which sleep eludes me for hours. Qahwah, a very traditional drink in Arabic Culture which is made with lightly roasted coffee beans which are finely ground with cardamon. Qahwah is served from a coffee pot called a dallah into small coffee cups called fenjan, and I have only had it when I’ve been out either at restaurants or Majlis. I don’t have this coffee often and when I do it’s a treat, I tend to have it in restaurants served by a gahwaji (coffee waiter in essence) often during Ramadan at an Iftar or Suhoor and I love the sense of occasion that this brings to my evening. Because I don’t drink it often and never in big quantities since it is served in in the small cups I’m always surprised at how it effects my sleep, but as I love it so much it’s a price I’m prepared to pay for the love of coffee 🙂
A huge part of my daily ritual involves coffee, from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep I have coffee throughout the day. A few weekends I tried a few days of no coffee at all, the blinding headaches I could deal with, but the surprise for me came as I felt unable to function, literally feeling like a zombie for two whole days which was not pleasant as I was in a caffeine free fug. Many of my friends are fasting during Ramadan which means giving up food and drink between sunrise to sunset and I’m full of admiration for how they do that in the heat and climate of Dubai, even more so I’m full of admiration of how they can function with the removal of coffee from their daily life. A few of my friends have decided to refrain from coffee for the whole of Ramadan, others have been looking for evening alternatives, whilst a few are sticking to getting their daily caffeine fix later in the day at Iftar. For those who are still enjoying caffeine during Ramadan here are some great Coffee Recipes for you to try out :
Coffee Pistachio semi-freddo drink: A combination of sweetened whipped cream and pistachio ice cream, to which a Ristretto Grand Cru is poured over; this is a cardamom-topped delight and my personal favourite, blending coffee, cream and ice-cream together it’s hard to resist and is reminiscent of a Affogato with a Middle Eastern twist.
You will need (serves 4 people) :
- 4 capsules of Ristretto Grand Cru (4 x 25 ml/0.85 oz)
- 250 gr of pistachio ice cream, taken out of the freezer 15 minutes beforehand
- 60 gr of shelled toasted pistachios
- 100 gr of cream
- 3 pinches of cardamom
- Sugar syrup or white sugar
- Mix whipped cream with sugar (or sugar syrup) and cardamom.
- In a large bowl, mix the flavoured cream carefully into the softened ice cream with the shelled toasted pistachios.
- Add 1 tablespoon of whipped cream into 4 individual glasses, then top with the ice cream mixture.
- Just before serving, pour a Ristretto Grand Cru over each dish.
Decorate with the remaining whipped cream and a pinch of cardamom.
Spiced latte: a combination of cinnamon syrup and a pinch of cumin bring surprisingly spicy elements to this milk-based recipe.
Aniseed flavoured iced coffee with mint: A refreshing coffee experience flavoured with aniseed and served on ice and garnished with a sprig of fresh mint and a piece of liquorice.
For more inspiration take a look at other Coffee Recipes HERE
Get your Iftar Coffee Experience with a Ramadan Coffee :
Local Nespresso boutiques will will be serving the Ramadan Recipes at Nespresso boutiques The Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre, Dubai Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall from Iftar onwards.
If this post has inspired you then Nespresso have put together some special Ramadan packages of coffee selections idea for home or as a gift :
The Pure Origin family of Grand Crus (5 sleeves 147.50/AED) includes Bukeelaka Ethiopia, plus favourites Dulsâo do Brasil, Rosabaya de Colombia and Indriya from India.
The Intense Grand Cru family of coffees, ideal for just the “After Sunset” moment (or just before bed for those who are hardened caffeine drinkers), include its most intense member the spicy Kazaar (intensity 12 – my personal favourite), plus Dharkan (intensity 11), Ristretto (intensity 10), Arpeggio (intensity 9) and Roma (intensity 8) Price 135.5/AED
Image Credits : All courtesy of Nespresso.