White coffee is a Yemenite coffee where the coffee beans are slightly roasted. It is mixed with roasted grains such as corn or wheat, sesame, and a Yemenite spice mix called Coffee Hawaij (to differentiate from Soup Hawaij I mentioned in my Yemenite Chicken Soup post). Since accuracy is not really important in the Yemenite culture, but rather self-expression, there are many white coffee and Hawaij recipes with different ingredients and portions. There is no such thing as a wrong recipe. My advice is to play with the ingredients until you find what you like.
I would like to thank my dear aunt Rivka for helping me with this recipe.
Coffee Hawaij ingredients:
3 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
½ tbsp ground cardamom
½ tbsp ground clove
Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight container, or in the freezer.
Coffee Hawaij is also used in regular black coffee. In my family we usually add about ¼ tsp to a cup of coffee. If you like your coffee more spicy, feel free to add more.
White coffee ingredients:
1 cup raw coffee beans (they are in their natural green color)
1 cup sesame seeds
½ cup corn/wheat berries
2 heaping tbsp coffee Hawaij
Heat a pan on a medium high heat. Roast the coffee beans until they become a yellow to light brown color, mixing them constantly, for about 2 minutes. Remove from hot pan to cool.
In the same pan roast sesame seeds, mixing them constantly, until they brown slightly, for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the hot pan to cool.
Add the corn/wheat to the pan and roast while mixing until the grains brown or until the corn starts to pop. Remove from pan to cool.
Separate the peel from the coffee beans by rubbing the coffee beans between your hands over a wide plate. After removing the peel, grind separately the peeled coffee beans and corn. You can grind the popcorn or remove them from the toasted corn. Since the coffee and corn/wheat are still closer to being raw than roasted you can expect them to be coarsely ground
Mix together ground coffee, ground corn/wheat, toasted sesame and the Hawaij.
To prepare the coffee add one heaping tsp of white coffee to a cup of hot water, add preferred sweetener, mix and let sit. The sesame seeds will float and give the drink a crunchy added value, while the rest of the mixture will sink at the bottom of the cup.
Grinder maintenance tip: