Coffee is cultivated in Senegal and has a long tradition. So there is a famous traditional preparation, Café Touba.
- Arabic Ṭūbā, which means “happiness”.
- The coffee was named after the Senegalese Holy City of Touba.
- The old coffee recipe was perfected in the late 19th century by Sheikh Amadou Bamba, who was said to have brought the coffee into the country.
- At that time,coffee was drunk as a daily medicine to support the recite of prayers.
- The consumption of Café Touba has so much grown in recent years that the sales of instant coffee such as Nescafé decreased in West Africa. So Nestlé launched the Nescafé Ginger & Spice product. One can only hope that it is more expensive than self-brewed!
☕ Traditional Preparation
- roast 100 g green Robusta coffee beans together with 10 g jar (Guinea pepper) and optionally 10 g clove in a metal pan until they have a nice, evenly dark colour.
- After cooling, grind in a mortar or a coffee grinder.
- Bring 800 ml of water to the boil.
- Place 4 tbsp of the coffee powder into a fabric filter over a pot.
- Pour the boiling water carefully through the filter into the jug and let it drain completely.
- Repeat the whole thing 2-3 times and add plenty of sugar (1/4).
- Serve very hot.
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