How to Make Your Own Somali-Inspired Spiced Coffee

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Want to (literally) spice up your coffee break? Make your own Somali spiced coffee today! This recipe is so easy to do, you’ll be making it every morning.

If you’re wonder what makes it unique and worthy to try, well, it’s not steeped in hot water; rather, in hot milk! So, seriously, get your taste buds ready for this delicious treat!


  • French press
  • Rolling pin or mortar and pestle
  • Wooden spoon


  • 1 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1 green cardamom pod or ½ tsp. of ground cardamom        cinnamon sticks spice 768x377 1
  • 2 cups of whole milk or sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 pcs. Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp. of ground coffee
  • A pinch of salt



  1. Open your cardamom pod. Once opened, you’ll see small seeds. Grab your rolling pin and gently roll over them until they’ve broken up. You can also use mortar and pestle to crush them.
  2. Use the rolling pin or your mortar and pestle to break the cinnamon sticks you have.
  3. Bring the whole milk or condensed milk to a slow boil. It’s crucial that you stir with your wooden spoon frequently to prevent burning.
  4. Put the spices, the sugar, the ground coffee, and the salt in your French press.
  5. Once the milk has boiled, remove it from the heat, and pour it into your French press.
  6. Stir, cover, and steep for four minutes.
  7. Press, transfer to a cup, and enjoy your spiced coffee!

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This recipe would suffice two people or one thirsty coffee addict.

If you want it to have more “kick,” I suggest you add one shot of espresso. The taste will be different, of course, but it’ll still be one hell of a coffee.

Don’t own an espresso machine? Get one now! Just check out these top 5 best espresso machines for commercial use. They might be preferred for commercial use, but if you know you drink a lot of coffee and there are others in the house who drink coffee a lot too, then you better get yourself one of those. Besides, you’ll never know when you’d want to run a coffee shop business, so it’s best to have a machine that can be both for personal and commercial use.

Learn how to create the perfect shot of espresso here.

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