Cafe Arabic - Coffee, Cocoa and Oud
Cafe Arabic incense creates a richly scented environment... the decadent aromas of an Arabic Coffee house....
As you enter the Cafe, the smell of fresh ground Coffee and dark Cocoa, sweetened with Carmel Benzoin and a hint of Tolu resin comes to meet your senses.
The sound of patrons and philosophers discussing and reciting poetry accompanied by the music of stringed instruments and soft complex rhythms.
Being passed around is a smoldering censer with the intoxicating smoke of Agarwood floating up, alternating with the scent of the finest frankincense blessing the air.
Notes of fine vanilla-laced Tobacco draw you into a small sitting area beautifully adorned and filled with colorful cushions around a low table upon which rests the coffee service.
Along with this feast of the senses are served delicate honied fruits with spices to sweeten the taste of the dark brew.
As you are served this world-renowned coffee, the delicate aroma of cardamom rises along with the flavor of the beans as you take your first sip...
The scent of fine Coffee and oud have always gone together, especially in the middle east, they complement and enhance one another. The next time you burn one of those precious Agarwood chips, enjoy some fine Java at the same time…it is rich and moving.
That is the heart of this blend which also includes:
Dark Cocoa, a blend of Oman Frankincense, Tolu Balsam, and Benzoin, genuine honey tobacco absolute, and Agarwood. It is bound with raw labdanum resin and specially prepared honey and raisins in calvados. Also, a generous dose of oud was added to elevate this blend, making it a perfect blend for the gourmand and smoke lovers alike.
The pellets are hand rolled and dusted with fragrant Agarwood powder and nested with Green Cardamom Pods. Cafe Arabic should be heated on an electric incense heater.
This price is for .75 oz (about 17pellets) in a black metal tin, nested in fine Agarwood Power and Green cardamom pods
On Arabic Coffee Houses (Cafes)
These public coffee houses were known as qahveh khaneh and were frequented by all classes of society. At the cafes, customers would drink coffee, watch performances, talk, learn the latest news, and play chess. Since so many people shared information at the coffee houses, they were nicknamed the schools of the wise.
In the Middle East, coffee is an integral part of the country. It is a symbol of hospitality, sophistication, and generosity. Contracts, marriages, and feuds are settled over a cup of coffee. In certain areas, asking someone to get a cup of coffee is code for discussing mutual interests, a business agreement, or news together.
While coffee brewing methods vary from place to place, most Arab countries use one of two methods. Arabic coffee may include cardamom or be served plain. The coffee beans are roasted either heavily or lightly before cardamom is added. It is traditionally roasted at home or on the cafe’s premises. Then, it is ground, brewed, and served in front of the guests. Since coffee can have a slightly bitter taste, it is often served with dried fruit, dates, nuts or candied fruit to soften the bitterness.
Depending on the location and the individual’s personal tastes, the coffee may be brewed with saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, or cloves. A coffee pot known as a dallah is used to serve coffee in small cups. Normally, the coffee covers just the bottom of the cup.
Normally, Arabic coffee is served a small amount at a time. Since the coffee is extremely hot, this makes it easier for the coffee to cool quickly. As long as the guest wants more coffee, the host or the waiter will continue to pour coffee.