Yemeni Ginger Coffee Recipe: A Unique Blend of Flavors

Are you looking for a new and unique way to enjoy your morning cup of joe? Look no further than this delicious recipe for Qishr – Yemeni Ginger Coffee. This traditional Yemeni sweet ginger coffee recipe combines the bold flavors of ground coffee and ginger with just the right amount of sweetness.

Qishr, or Qishr Yemeni Ginger Coffee, is a hot drink made from spiced coffee husks and ginger, sometimes cinnamon. This spiced tea is brewed straight with hot water or mixed in with black tea. It’s usually drunk as a traditional hot drink made spiced with ginger, sometimes mixed with cinnamon or other spices.

What makes this recipe unique is that it uses dried husks from coffee cherries, otherwise known as cascara, which are commonly used to brew traditional Arabic coffee. The husks, combined with ginger and sugar, result in a flavorful and aromatic drink that hails from Yemeni origins.

Whether you are a coffee aficionado or simply looking to try something new, this recipe for Qishr will not disappoint. So grab your medium roast ground coffee, dried coffee cherry husks, ground ginger and sugar, and let’s get brewing!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Qishr - Yemeni Ginger Coffee
Qishr – Yemeni Ginger Coffee

If you are a coffee fanatic, you will surely enjoy this delightful recipe – the Yemeni Ginger Coffee or Qishr. This unique spiced coffee is not like anything you’ve tasted before. It has a distinct flavor profile that will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and can be easily found in your local grocery store. The blend of ground ginger, sugar, ground coffee, and cold water is all you need to make this delectable coffee at home.

What makes this recipe exceptional is its use of coffee husks. Typically discarded after removing the beans from the cherries, these dried husks are used to brew traditional spiced tea in Yemen. In Qishr, these husks are combined with ginger and sometimes cinnamon to create a unique blend that’s both refreshing and comforting.

The sweetness of the Yemeni sweet ginger and the bitterness of the brewed coffee perfectly balance each other out. Together, they create an explosion of flavors in your mouth that’s both invigorating and relaxing.

This Qishr recipe is perfect for those who want to try something new or crave for a warm cup of spiced coffee on a chilly day. Whether you prefer brewed straight or add some milk or cream, Qishr is versatile enough to accommodate your every preference.

In summary, if you’re looking for a new adventure in your daily coffee routine or seeking out new flavors to explore, try this traditional Yemeni Ginger Coffee – Qishr today. You’ll be glad you did!

Ingredient List

 Warm up with a spicy and aromatic Yemeni Qishr coffee
Warm up with a spicy and aromatic Yemeni Qishr coffee

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Qishr Yemeni Ginger Coffee Recipe:

  • 1 cup coffee husks or dried husk of coffee cherry tea
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Medium roast ground coffee, six teaspoons
  • Optional: cinnamon, cardamom or turmeric
  • Optional: cascara (dried coffee cherries)

The key ingredient for making Qishr Yemeni Ginger Coffee is the coffee husks. These can be sourced from your local coffee shop or retailer, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try using the dried husks of coffee cherries to brew a traditional spiced tea. You’ll also need ground ginger for that signature gingery kick, and sugar to balance out the flavors. And don’t forget a cup of cold water — this recipe uses a mix of brewed coffee and ginger tea, so you need to start with some liquid first. Finally, while it’s not strictly necessary, adding some cinnamon, cardamom or turmeric can deepen the flavors even further. For an extra twist, consider throwing in some cascara — the dried coffee cherries traditionally used to brew Qishr.

The Recipe How-To

 Kick your taste buds with this gingery Qishr coffee recipe
Kick your taste buds with this gingery Qishr coffee recipe

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients for your Qishr – Yemeni Ginger Coffee Recipe, let’s move on to its preparation. This traditional Yemeni sweet ginger coffee is a hot drink made with spiced coffee husks and ginger sometimes cinnamon. It has a unique taste, and I can assure you; it won’t disappoint. In this section, I’ll provide you with the steps to make Qishr Yemini ginger coffee.

Step 1: Preparing the Coffee Husks

Before we begin making our Qishr, we must prepare our coffee husks. If you don’t have any coffee husks, grind dried husk coffee cherries or cascara at home in a coffee grinder. Here are the steps to prepare your coffee husks:

  • Take ¼ cup of medium-roast ground coffee.
  • Add six teaspoons of sugar and mix well.
  • Pour one cup of cold water into the mixture, stir well.
  • Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil in a pot.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for five minutes.
  • Strain the mixture into another bowl using a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth.

Step 2: Preparing the Ginger Syrup

Ginger is an essential ingredient when making traditional spiced Yemeni tea or qishr. Here are the steps to make ginger syrup:

  • In a separate pan, add ½ cup of water and 2 teaspoons of ground ginger.
  • Mix one teaspoon of sugar into the pan as well.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid into another container using a fine-mesh sieve.

Step 3: Combining Qishr

Now it’s time for us to combine all these ingredients together to make our delicious Qishr.

  • Pour your brewed coffee husks into a glass.
  • Add the ginger syrup to the coffee mixture.
  • You can add more sweeteners, such as brown sugar or honey, according to your taste preference.
  • Stir well and serve hot.

Congratulations! You have made yourself a cup of Qishr Yemini ginger coffee.

Substitutions and Variations

 Forget traditional coffee and try this exotic Qishr coffee recipe
Forget traditional coffee and try this exotic Qishr coffee recipe

Qishr is a traditional Yemeni sweet ginger coffee recipe made with dried husk coffee cherries and spiced tea. It is a drink that can be easily altered to suit individual tastes, and there are a variety of substitutions and variations that can be made to the Qishr recipe.

One substitution that can be made is using ground ginger instead of fresh ginger. Ground ginger is dried and has a stronger flavor than fresh ginger, making it easier to store and use in recipes.

Another variation that can be made is using different types of coffee beans. Qishr traditionally uses dried husk coffee cherries, but it can also be made with brewed coffee or Turkish coffee.

For those who prefer their coffee sweeter, sugar can be substituted with honey or maple syrup. Alternatively, for those who want a healthier option, they could try using stevia or coconut sugar instead.

Cascara, another popular ingredient made from the skin of the coffee cherry, can also be added to the recipe for an additional fruity flavor.

Lastly, Arabic coffee or coffee husks can be used to brew the traditional spiced tea, rather than black tea.

These are just a few examples of substitutions and variations that can be incorporated into the recipe to make it your own. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new!

Serving and Pairing

 If you love ginger, try this Qishr coffee recipe for a delightful treat
If you love ginger, try this Qishr coffee recipe for a delightful treat

Once you make a hot cup of this traditional Yemeni sweet ginger coffee, qishr, it’s time to think about its possible pairing. The qishr’s taste is unique and has hints of spice and sweetness. And that makes this the perfect hot drink to accompany your daily breakfast or an afternoon snack.

You can have qishr by itself, but if you want to enjoy it with something, try to pair it with some traditional Yemeni snacks like sabayah or balaleet. Sabayah is a delicious dough that is fried and filled with cheese, meat or honey. On the other hand, balaleet is a traditional Yemeni dessert made from vermicelli noodles and sugar mixed in cardamom milk. These dishes are known to complement the qishr’s taste.

For those who prefer light refreshments with their qishr, try serving it with some dates or figs. These fruits complement perfectly with the spicy and sweet flavors of qishr.

Some people also enjoy having their qishr tea in a more exotic way by adding some camel milk as milk complements almost all kinds of hot drinks! Finally, if you want to opt for a non-Yemeni flavor, try pairing your qishr tea with biscuits or scones.

Serving tip: Traditionally, qishr is served in small cups resembling an espresso cup so that its flavor can be savored entirely.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Introduce a new addition to your coffee collection with Qishr coffee
Introduce a new addition to your coffee collection with Qishr coffee

When it comes to storing Qishr, it is important to do so in an airtight container. The dried coffee husks and ginger mixture can easily lose flavor and aroma if exposed to air for too long. If stored properly, you can enjoy the wonderful taste of Qishr for up to two weeks.

If you want to make Qishr ahead of time, it’s best to brew it ahead of time and store it in the fridge. You can store Qishr in a container with a tight lid for up to two days. When ready to serve, simply reheat in a pot or microwave and give it a good stir.

Although I must say that reheated Qishr tastes different from freshly brewed Qishr, sometimes a fresh cup is not always possible. When reheating, be sure not to heat it for too long as this will cause the flavors to dissipate.

The beauty of Qishr lies in its ability to be customized to your taste buds, with the right amount of sugar and spices blended just right. Always remember that when making or storing any type of coffee, high-quality ingredients are key.

So what are you waiting for? Get brewing!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Tantalize your senses with every sip of this flavorful Yemeni Qishr coffee
Tantalize your senses with every sip of this flavorful Yemeni Qishr coffee

If you’re looking for a perfectly balanced qishr, then listen up! There are a few tips and tricks that will ensure your Yemeni ginger coffee turns out just as you imagined. Here are my recommendations to get the most out of your qishr.

Firstly, use quality ingredients. Starting with good coffee husks and fresh ground ginger is essential to creating a tasteful cup of qishr. Always check your spice cabinet’s stock before making this recipe, and if you’re working with old spices, remember they might not yield desirable flavors.

Another essential tip when making qishr is brewing time. In order to maximize the taste of the coffee husks and spices, steep them for at least 3-4 minutes in boiling water. When using whole spices, I would suggest simmer on low heat for 10-15 mins in water to extract flavors then add freshly ground coffee.

To sweeten this spiced drink, sugar or honey is the go-to choice for many people. However, feel free to experiment with alternatives. If you have a preference for using natural sweeteners like stevia or maple syrup, go ahead and try it out.

A key tip many people overlook is the amount of water used when steeping their dried husks and coffee cherries – more isn’t always better! Since we want to bring out the robustness of our ingredients without making them bitter or overpowering, one cup of cold water (6 tsp) should suffice.

Lastly, remember that qishr isn’t limited to being served hot; it can also be enjoyed cold. To achieve this, let your spiced tea cool down before adding ice or refrigerating overnight. Another perfect pairing with qishr is dates or figs as they complement the flavors excellently!

By following these tips and hints, you’ll be well on your way to brewing the ultimate pot of qishr, perfect for any time of day!


As an experienced barista, I know that coffee brewing can be tricky sometimes. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about this Qishr – Yemeni Ginger Coffee recipe. Keep reading to learn more about how to make the perfect cup of traditional spiced Yemeni sweet ginger coffee.

What is qishr coffee?

A popular hot beverage in Southeastern Arabic culture is Qishr, which is made by brewing spiced coffee husks with ginger and occasionally cinnamon. This drink is consumed in Yemen as a substitute for coffee since it does not require roasting.

How much caffeine is in qishr?

Although Qishr contains a relatively lower amount of caffeine at 111.4 mg/l as compared to regular coffee, it can still function as an energy drink that helps to stimulate the body or keep one awake. This amount of caffeine is comparable to that of black tea.

How to make Al Yemeni coffee?

To prepare a flavorful coffee, start by grinding the beans to a powdery consistency, much like the process of making espresso. Take a small pot and add 6 teaspoons of ground coffee, 4-6 teaspoons of sugar (as per your preference), 2 teaspoons of ginger, and approximately one cup of water. Let the mixture come to a boil and take it off the heat.

What does qishr taste like?

Discover below a recipe for a traditional spiced tea brewed in Yemen using QISHR, which is made from the dried husk of coffee cherries. Alternatively, brewing the QISHR straight produces a tea with a fruity and slightly sweet taste, similar to black tea in its body and mouthfeel.

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information and steps needed to make qishr, Yemeni Ginger Coffee, it’s time to give it a try. Qishr is not just any regular coffee drink; it’s an experience in a cup! The sweet ginger flavor and the traditional spiced taste make it a cultural delight.

What makes qishr unique is that it uses the husks of the coffee cherries, which is usually discarded when making coffee. The use of these dried husks is an incredible example of sustainable practices.

In conclusion, qishr is more than just a regular hot drink made of spiced coffee husks and ginger sometimes cinnamon. It’s a history-rich traditional hot drink usually drunk in Yemen, which rivals flavored coffee beans from around the world. Besides having Yemeni origins, it offers an exceptional taste that will please your palate’s sweet spot. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and make qishr – Yemeni Ginger Coffee to impress your guests or enjoy your cultural adventure.

Qishr - Yemeni Ginger Coffee

Qishr - Yemeni Ginger Coffee Recipe

A very different kind of coffee to what many of us are used to! Qishr is a traditional spiced coffee drunk in Yemen. Drink in small coffee cups such as espresso cups or as we call them in Arabic ' Finjaan'. Adjust the sugat to taste but in Yemen it is drunk SWEET!
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Yemeni
Servings 4 small cups
Calories 27.4 kcal


  • 1 cup cold water
  • 6 teaspoons medium roast ground coffee
  • 6 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger


  • Place water in a long handled Arabic coffee pot, or a small saucepan.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Over medium heat bring this mixture to a boil. Remove from heat until the bubbles disappear. Return to boiling.
  • Repeat this process 3 times. Pour into cups & serve hot.

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Serving: 44gCalories: 27.4kcalCarbohydrates: 6.9gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 2.1mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 6.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Asian, Beverages, Easy, Middle Eastern, Vegan
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