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Moroccan Coffee: Everything You Need to Know

Moroccan Coffee

Moroccan drink coffee as well as the wonderful and extremely calming mint tea that the country is renowned for. However, there aren’t as many coffee shops as there are in other countries, owing to the fact that Moroccans don’t drink as much coffee as other people.

Moroccan coffee is more of an occasional mid-day or evening drink than a morning need. Unlike tea, coffee has not been ingrained in Moroccan society. Tea is a beverage that may be consumed at any time of day. However, coffee is becoming more popular among the young, and a new coffee culture seems to be growing, particularly in Morocco’s main towns, such as Rabat, Casablanca, and Marrakech. Keep reading if you’re a coffee connoisseur concerned about getting good brewed coffee in Morocco.

In Morocco, cafes have always been regarded a’men only’ realm. Women seldom sat at coffee shops in the past, with the exception of large contemporary towns like Casablanca and Marrakech. Things are, however, changing, including Moroccan customs. The growing number of visitors in Morocco has led to the adaptation of some of these centuries-old rituals.

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In comparison to other Arab countries, coffee is a relatively young phenomenon in Morocco. As a result, there is no ancient Arabic coffee tradition in Morocco. In the 18th century, coffee came in Morocco through Europe, but it never truly took off. Coffee became popular in French cafes in the twentieth century. In the meanwhile, several homebrew coffee mixes were taking form. Nous Nous is one among them, as is a classic home mix with unique spices.

Types of Moroccan Coffee


Moroccan coffee isn’t the same as the American-style coffee that has become the norm across the globe. It will, however, give you a good jolt. You should try a few different sorts of coffee drinks.

Nous Nous

Only Moroccans are aware of Nous Nous, a one-of-a-kind coffee. Cappuccino, Espresso, and other well-known coffee beverages are not as popular in Morocco as they are in the United States. When you request a Cappuccino at a typical Moroccan coffee shop, for example, you will just get an upgraded version of the Nous Nous in a better cup, which clearly tastes wonderful. In English, the term Nous Nous signifies (Half Half). Because it’s half milk, half espresso, and served in a little glass cup, the coffee is called Nous Nous. Nous Nous is much stronger than typical Moroccan coffees. If you ever find yourself in Morocco, be sure to sample Nous Nous and let us know what you think.

In Morocco, one may request Nous Nous coffee by saying “bgheet qahwa nous-nous…” They always send you a glass of water with your coffee, but you may add “w cas diel l’ma” to your statement to make sure you get one.

Don’t order Nous Nous if it’s prepared with Nescafe Instant Coffee


In certain circumstances, cafés may substitute Nescafe for your actual coffee. The reason for this is because certain cafés, particularly older ones, do not have coffee machines. As a result, they substitute instant coffee.

Recipe for Moroccan coffee “Nous-Nous”

  • Step1: Start by warming a 1/2 full glass of milk.
  • Step 2: Next, foam the milk with the frother wand or an espresso machine (I use the press to foam the milk and it works well) until it reaches the rim of the glass.
  • Step 3: Make an espresso as you would usually. Use a regular black coffee or filter coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine like me.
  • Step 4: Pour 12 cups of milk into your serving cup, then half-fill with coffee.
  • Step 5: Serve with 2 sugar cubes on the side to sweeten it up.

Enjoy delicious Moroccan Nous Nous cooked at home.

Cafe Noir, Black Coffee 

The second choice is “Cafe Noir,” which translates to “Black Coffee” in French. In Morocco, Cafe Noir is a standard single-shot espresso. If this is your preferred coffee, doing your research and locating a highly rated café is advised. There are a lot of ways to screw up an espresso, and I’ve had a few of poor Cafe Noirs in Morocco. Some individuals mistakenly believe that any black coffee qualifies as a Cafe Noir.

Café au lait (coffee with milk) / Café crème (coffee cream) / Café cassé (coffee with sugar) (Broken Coffee)

Moroccan Coffee with Milk in a Glass Cup | Photo credit: Flickr user travelwayoflife
There are several types of coffee with milk that have become popular among Moroccans at cafés. It depends on what name it is offered under. They all taste the same, whether it’s cafe au lait, cafe crème, or cafe casse. Cafe au lait is a milky, pleasant morning beverage that lacks the strength of Nous-Nous. French speakers will order café crème throughout the day, which is less milky but still not a Nous-Nous.

Qahwa Ma’atra (Moroccan spiced coffee)


I’ve never been a lover of foreign coffee, but the Moroccan spicy coffee is one of my favorites. Moroccan spiced coffee is another kind of Arabic coffee with a milder flavor. Moroccan coffee isn’t provided at coffee shops; instead, it’s brewed at home. You should definitely accept an offer to a Moroccan home and request Moroccan spiced coffee to sample it.

Moroccan spiced coffee may be purchased ready-to-drink at local grocery stores or made at home. It’s prepared with spices and freshly ground coffee. Moroccans employ a variety of spices to suit their preferences, including black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, zaater, and aniseed.

Spiced coffee may be made at home in a variety of ways


If you don’t have the opportunity to visit Morocco and sample their spiced coffee, you may create it at home. What distinguishes this coffee is the spice added to it. So, assuming you have all of the spices listed above, you’re set to go. Other than that, pepper, ginger powder, za’atar powder, and cinnamon will suffice.

  1. If the coffee is not previously ground, grind it until it resembles a fine powder. If your home grinder is strong enough, you can use it instead of the grinder at the grocery store.
  2. Now you must ground the spices one at a time. Also, be sure to acquire a fine powder. It’s usually best to use freshly ground spices, but if you can purchase them already ground, that’s good too. For 500g of ground coffee, just 12 to 1 coffee spoon of each spice is required.
  3. The third and last step is to combine everything (coffee and spices) in a storage jar, and that’s it. Your coffee is now ready to be consumed.
  4. To start making coffee. In a coffee pot, combine 2 full teaspoons, sugar, and water, and steep for around 40 minutes. After that, pour your spiced coffee and enjoy it.

How to Make Moroccan Coffee – Traditional Recipe

Freshly ground nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and a few more spices and aromatics are used in this spicy Moroccan coffee recipe.

We produce a large quantity of our coffee spice combination in Morocco and keep it in an airtight glass container. We prepare our spiced coffee by using the spicy coffee mix in the same way we would plain ground coffee. There are no additional procedures to take, and it is really practical.

The important thing is to utilize high-quality spices and herbs. They provide the greatest flavor as well as the most health advantages. Not only does this Moroccan coffee help with digestion, but some of the spices may also help to balance the caffeine impact, making you feel less anxious and irritated.

It’s also vital to use an Italian coffee machine. If you drink coffee on a daily basis, a stainless steel Italian coffee maker is the finest choice since it won’t leach harmful chemicals or impart a metallic flavor to your coffee.

INGREDIENTS

  • To make a 1-pound batch of Moroccan coffee, combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • 1 pound (450 g) coffee beans, ground
  • 14 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 12 tsp cloves (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons anise seeds
  • 1.5 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp star anise powder
  • 12 tsp pepper (ground)


INSTRUCTIONS

Mix the ground coffee with the spices and herbs in a dry basin, then store the mixture in an airtight container. This will keep the aromatics fresh and enable them to enter your coffee fully.

In order to make 4 serves of Moroccan coffee, combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  • 10 oz (300 mL) water in your Italian coffee machine base
  • Fill your coffee maker’s filter with 2 teaspoons of your Moroccan coffee blend.
  • Close the coffee machine and cook for approximately 10 minutes on low heat, or until all of the coffee has transferred to the top chamber.
  • Serve hot, sweetened or unsweetened, with or without milk.

NOTES ON THE RECIPE:

  • Make sure your coffee beans are ground for an Italian coffee machine. Medium to medium-fine is the optimal grind for an Italian coffee machine.
  • Coffee is acidic, and certain non-stainless-steel coffee makers might emit chemicals, so using a stainless steel coffee maker is the best choice for coffee lovers. The Grosche Milano stainless steel coffee maker, which you can get on Amazon, is the stainless steel coffee maker I use and recommend ( I included the amazon link in the recipe card).
  • You don’t have to use all of the spices and herbs indicated in this spicy Moroccan coffee recipe, which is the classic one used in Morocco and the one that will offer you the most scents. Make do with what you’ve got.
  • In an airtight glass container, store this coffee blend in the fridge for up to three months. It will remain aromatic and fresh for a long time.

Where to drink the best coffee in Morocco?

Casablanca

If you are the sort of person who requires decent coffee on demand with no surprises, you will be glad to learn that Starbucks and Segafredo shops are located throughout the city. Look no farther than percent Arabica if you’re seeking for a specialized coffee brand. It’s a hip café with excellent coffee.

Marrakech


There are instances when you are hungry and thirsty for coffee at the same time. Shtatto is the place to go if this occurs to you in Marrakech. This rooftop cafe’s position is ideal, with stunning views of the city. The coffee is excellent, and the meal is also excellent. News Cafe is another cafe that serves superb cuisine and coffee without making a fuss. If you have a strong desire for high-end coffee, L’Adresse is the place to go.

Rabat


If you don’t tolerate the odd décor, F Cafe also serves excellent coffee and crepes. They have a nice environment and a good mix of classic and modern coffees. If you have a sweet taste, Paul is the place to visit. I’ve never felt at ease at Paul; it’s just too dull for me. However, I do like their wonderful pastries. And I suppose that’s all; after all, this is Rabat.

In Morocco, you can get coffee to go


If you visit Morocco, you will quickly notice that “to-go” coffee is not as common as it is in other countries. You will never see individuals going around with coffee cups in their hands, nor will you see cafés serving takeaway coffee. Moroccan coffee shop culture is more of a “sit and talk” style of passing the time while drinking a modest cup of coffee. People are often seen quietly conversing, watching football, or people-watching, all of which are key aspects of the coffee shop experience. During the day, this extremely dynamic environment can be seen in practically every coffee shop across the nation.

Conclusion


Morocco is a long distance from Seattle, and it isn’t the finest spot to sip coffee in the world. It does, however, have two oddly peculiar coffee beverages that look, sound, and taste fantastic. Nous Nous and Qahwa Ma’atra are two distinct Moroccan coffees (spiced coffee). In addition, there are a slew of new and interesting coffee shops springing up around the nation. These new venues are a result of Morocco’s expanding coffee consumption, which is mostly driven by the younger population. We believe that Moroccans will continue to invent more bizarre and unique coffee varieties in the future.

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