Some people drink his or her white coffee black, meaning no sugar or milk added. Others add almond milk to enhance its already nutty flavor. And in the Middle East, specifically Yemen where it originated, it is served with spice mix called hawaji.
Hawaji is most often made up of cumin, black pepper, turmeric and cardamom, but like most recipes there are loads of variations. However, it is this spice mixture, paired with the nuttiness of the brew that makes white coffee so tasty.
But first, we brew. After you receive your freshly roasted bag of White Lightning, we recommend using an espresso style to get the best flavor. Don’t have an espresso machine at home, pick up an AeroPress coffee maker.
How to make hawaij
Traditional spice mix from Yemen, from GeniusKitchen.com
In about seven minutes, this recipe yields about 1 1/2 cups of this spice blend.
- 6 1⁄2 tablespoons black peppercorns
- 1⁄4 cup cumin seed
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons coriander seeds
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons green cardamom pods
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons ground turmeric
- Put everything except the turmeric into a frying pan & dry fry (no oil required) for a couple of minutes.
- Allow to cool, grind using a spice / coffee grinder or mortar & pestle. Add the turmer, mix well & store in an container in a cool, dark place.