Arabic coffee from Cirebon, West Java

Arabic Coffee

Islamic culture in Cirebon was very interesting to learn with Arabic coffee. Cirebon not only famous for batik motifs, art architecture of the building is beautiful, his art, or the art of dance, but also drink coffee cultural.

Cirebon people know coffee drinks known as “Arabian Coffee”. It feels warm not only felt in the mouth and throat but also down to the abdomen. Although Arabic coffee is one of the ways people out there for coffee, coffee from Cirebon is called “Arabic coffee” not because the seeds come from Arab, but because it was originally created by the descendants of Arab hereditary since their arrival to Cirebon and settled around the mosque as a pottery craftsman.

Coffee Spice

Coffee Spice

Arabic coffee has a flavor that is warm to drink, very fit to drink when the weather is cold.
What’s the secret to the original Arabic coffee Cirebon until all that enormity? The answer is a formula. The coffee was mixed with various spices, such as ginger, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Spices were soaked in water, then crushed into powder before being put into boiling water along with the coffee grounds. After the fragrance out, coffee and filtered before drinking.

KOREM or Arabic Coffee

The most famous Arabic coffee taste is only sold in front of the Red Mosque Cirebon Panjunan and sold only during Ramadan, but if you want to feel it out in Ramadhan, you can come to Jl. Kartini in Cirebon. At Jl. Kartini, Arabic coffee is usually called KOREM (Coffee Spice). The mixture is also more than the Arabic coffee. You can add cinnamon, cardamom, honey or eggs. For sweetener use sugar cubes.

KOREM (Coffee Spice)

KOREM (Coffee Spice)

It is said that during the reign of Sunan Gunung Jati, Arabic coffee is usually served to all the eight other guardians who visit during the construction of the mosque. They then discuss the spread of Islam while sipping Arabic coffee in mosque architecture is exposed to the influence of Javanese culture, Arabic and Chinese.

Arabic coffee, also called “Kahwa” was now only be enjoyed during the month of Ramadan, and that sold just in front of the Red Mosque Cirebon Panjunan. So how  if we are not fit to Cirebonnya fasting month?

Quiet. That Arabic coffee which (he says) the most original. But if you want to try this spiced coffee outside the month of fasting, you can go to Jalan Kartini in Cirebon. Here you can sip coffee various types of spices, or what they call the “Korem”. Coffee spice here is more diverse mixtures, such as cardamom and cinnamon. Pemanisnya also uses rock sugar. Taste? It is definitely a warm and refreshing!

Cirebon Mosque

Cirebon Mosque

Not only the use of spices, but you can also copy you add eggs or honey. According to some acknowledgment, after drinking this coffee they usually can not sleep for 3 days but the body remains fresh. Well, miraculously yes!
How much for a cup of coffee this magic? Not more than Rp8,000 silver have turned out. Ya really cheap?
So, next time if you stop by to Cirebon, besides enjoying gandul rice and Empal barrel, you also have to try this spiced coffee!

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