Ottoman and Andalusian influences

☕ Traditional Preparation

The way in which the coffee is served also plays an important role. After Tunisian traditions and customs coffee is drunk while sitting. The idea of “to-go” does not exist.

The Tunisian morning coffee ritual takes place every day after the Fajr prayer before sunrise. The café next to the mosque serves coffee and croissants. You read a newspaper and maintain your social contacts in the group.

Café turk / Qahwa ‘Araby
  • In a Tunisian coffee pot (zézoua) a mocha cup of water is brought to a boil.
  • Then remove the pot from the heat and add 1 heaped tsp of very finely ground coffee powder (mocha mixture) and sugar to taste and stir well.
  • Cook over medium heat on the stove and then pour into a mocha cup and add 1-2 drops of orange blossom water.
  • Alternatively to orange blossom water, rose water, geranium water or grated dried orange peel can also be used.
  • According to Andalusian tradition, a bowl of jasmine flowers is served with coffee.

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