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Congolese Kahawa Coffee Recipe

Posted on November 1, 2016

As far as one millennium ago, North-eastern African people and nearby Arabians were using coffee beans to make some kind of delicious fermented, alcoholic beverage. This is known to them as KawaKahwaKahwahGahwaGuhwah or Kahawa. To us, it’s Coffee, but without the alcohol.

With this recipe, you can make your own batch of Kahawa/Congolese Coffee by following the simple recipe below. It's easy to make and you can choose between two similar yet slightly different methods. Either way, you'll soon get to enjoy your cup of original Kahawa coffee from the Congo.

Ingredients you will need for Kahawa Coffee:

  • ¼ cup of cold water
  • Seeds from one or two cardamom pods
  • 3 tablespoons freshly ground coffee beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

You can choose from any of the two simple methods below:

Method 1

In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients. For the basis brew, just use water, cardamom seeds, and freshly ground coffee beans. It’s recommended that you use our superb Filter Coffee Blends or something similar. For that something extra special, use the optional ingredients as well. Of course, Kahawan coffee would not be that special without the use of the cardamom and optional ingredients as listed! After combining then, bring the brew to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and maintain at a low boil for about ten to fifteen minutes. That’s it! Subsequently, serve and enjoy your Congolese Kahawan coffee.

Method 2

First, bring water and the cardamom seeds to a boil in a pot. Then, remain to keep the brew on a low boil for about ten minutes. Following, add the coffee. Let the brew simmer for about five minutes more, then add ground cardamom and ginger. Finally, pour the blend through a strainer into a coffeepot, serve hot and enjoy!