Saffron coffee is one of the traditional drinks in Shushtar, Iran. This drink is more like saffron tea than coffee. The people of Shushtar use this drink in courtship ceremonies to satisfy the bride.
In the following, we will explain more about this type of coffee.
Saffron in coffee
When we talk about coffee, the image of a brown-colored drink that also has a relatively bitter taste comes to mind; But the first thing you need to know about saffron coffee is that this drink is nothing but brewed saffron and is more like saffron tea than coffee.
This hot and sweet drink is made by the people of Shushtar in a courtship ceremony and they use it as a symbol to convey their message to the groom’s family. Whenever saffron coffee is served at the bride’s house, it means that the bride’s family responds positively and everyone should sweeten their mouths.
For some of the people who live in southern part of Iran, saffron coffee is a traditional coffee that is served with special etiquette, but you can go to it whenever you feel like serving a hot aromatic drink and enjoy the special taste and aroma.
Ingredients for making saffron coffee
Ground saffron: a teaspoon
Ground cardamom: a teaspoon
Rose: A glass
Sugar: Six teaspoons
Ingredients for making saffron tea
Saffron: three or four strands
Fresh mint: two leaves
Cinnamon stick: a small piece
Fresh lime: a narrow ring
How to prepare saffron coffee and saffron tea
In the following we will review how to make saffron coffee and saffron tea.
To make this traditional drink, pour all the ingredients into a small teapot or kettle and bring to a boil over a low flame. When the ingredients start to boil, place on a teapot, turn off the flame and leave the teapot for about three to four minutes to brew the coffee.
This hot drink is served in narrow glasses and is served to the people (who have come for marriage) until it is hot. Since the spicy aroma of saffron and rose is the main feature of this drink, it is usually enough to drink a small cup.
Saffron coffee is a special drink, but if you like the aroma of saffron and want to prepare a drink with a warm nature, you can also try saffron tea. To prepare the tea, it is enough to pour the boiled water on three strings of saffron, a piece of cinnamon stick, a fresh lemon ring and two fresh mint leaves and put the teapot on the kettle for ten minutes to brew the tea with the heat of the boiled water. Saffron tea, like masala tea, is a fragrant herbal drink that you can serve for your special guests.
When the tea is brewed, sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey and enjoy its pleasant aroma. You can also combine this tea with cardamom aroma like saffron coffee.
How much saffron is in the coffee
In the types of saffron coffee that we have described in this article, usually a small amount of saffron is used.
For example, in Arabic coffee, which we will discuss later, only a quarter of a teaspoon of saffron is used.
Or in the saffron coffee mentioned above, only one teaspoon is used.
Consumption of large amounts of saffron has many disadvantages, as we discussed in another article; Click here to read the article on high consumption of saffron.
The benefit of saffron in coffee
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks among all people in the world. This drink has many properties and most nutritionists recommend eating it.
Sometimes traditional medicine experts are similar to Western nutritionists and doctors, and sometimes they disagree, and coffee is one of them.
According to traditional medicine doctors, coffee alone can be harmful to the human body and even damage the heart, and it should be consumed with its complement.
They believe that saffron is a good complement for coffee and by adding a few strands of saffron to coffee, you will be safe from its harms and you can enjoy eating it and use its health benefits.
Saffron with Arabic coffee
In fact, Arabic saffron coffee takes about half an hour, but you will definitely always remember the taste that it prepares for you.
How to prepare Arabic coffee with saffron
To prepare this drink, you need to prepare the ingredients, which we will explain to you here for 5 people:
Arabic coffee: two teaspoons (ground)
Cardamom: a teaspoon (preferably ground)
Clove: a quarter of a teaspoon (ground)
Saffron: a quarter of a teaspoon (ground)
Now, to prepare it, it is enough to pour about 1 liter of water into the pot and then add your ground coffee to it and mix it. Then put it on the heat, and after it boils, take the time and cook for 15 minutes. Let this continue.
In the next step, all you have to do is add your saffron, cloves to the coffee and let your coffee absorb their full flavor for 5 minutes.
After this time, turn off the heat and strain your coffee and pour it into your cups and enjoy drinking it with your family.