If you love coffee, then you are really going to love this famous Moroccan Spiced Herbal Coffee. A staple that you will find in virtually every bazaar in Morocco, this powerfully aromatic coffee will entirely change the way you view your daily cup of Joe whilst packing a powerful therapeutic punch.
Our kitchens are loaded with an abundance of herbs that we typically label as culinary. However, most of these herbs also have powerful, clinically proven health benefits. As such, the more we can integrate herbs into the food we cook, the meals we prepare and the drinks we consume, the more health benefits we obtain. For example, regularly consuming herbs via our diet has been shown to increase immunity, reduce infection prevalence, optimise the digestion and absorption of nutrients, normalise bowel function and increase energy.
The ancient cultures of the world new this intuitively; if you look at the healing traditions of India, Africa and North and South America, their traditional cuisine was loaded with an abundance of herbs and spices. Not only did this increase the taste and palatability of their food but it also ramped up their health and wellbeing.
This classical coffee recipe is a great example of this. By taking something most of us drink everyday (i.e. coffee) and blending it with a variety of healing herbs and spices, we not only get all of the antioxidants and health benefits of coffee but also a broad range of other benefits such as digestion optimisation, immune stimulation, infection prevention and blood sugar regulation to name but a few.
It’s obviously not always possible to make this, not would you probably want to, but as an indulgent Sunday treat, turn this into a self-care ritual – unrushed, unhurried and enjoyed slowly and without distraction – it can take you average cup of coffee to new levels of taste, enjoyment and health promotion.
You’ll need (this makes 4 cups):
6 tablespoons of ground coffee (ideally organic)
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger (dried)
¼ teaspoon of ground cardamom
A pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
4 cups of water
In a bowel, stir together the ground coffee and all of the herbs and spices.
Pour this mix into the bottom of a French coffee press
Bring the water to the boil and let it cool for around a minute to ensure you don’t burn the coffee.
Gently pour the hot water into the French press and stir it all together really well.
Leave it to brew for 3-4 minutes, press the plunger and pour into 4 cups
For a really indulgent treat, stir in a teaspoon of thick pouring double cream
Sit back, relax and enjoy!