White Coffee (Ahweh Bayda)

November 10, 2009  •  Category:


When we would have people over or if we were at somebody’s house, inevitably the question would pop up “anybody care for white coffee?” White coffee is simply a beverage that is usually offered after a meal in lieu of regular coffee, for those people who do not care for the caffeine-laden Turkish coffee. It is made up of water and a bit of orange blossom water, with or without sweetener. My grandmother would always offer me some when I was young and complaining of a tummy ache, because it is supposed to facilitate digestion and soothe the nerves. It is poured in a demitasse cup, about one teaspoon per cup.

INGREDIENTS: Per one serving

water, about 2 ounces

orange blossom water, about 1 teaspoon (or less, to taste!)

sugar (optional), to taste


  1. Pour one teaspoon of orange blossom water per demitasse cup.
  2. Bring water to the boiling point. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  3. Pour the water on the demitasse cup and serve.



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  1. Juliana says:

    How interesting…next time at the grocery I’ll get a bottle of orange blossom water…I am sure that the aroma that comes is fantastic 🙂

  2. anna says:

    merci pour la visite et le commentaire qui me permet de découvrir ce blog
    à bientôt
    bonne journée

  3. Rosa says:

    Delightful and original!



  4. Azita says:

    how lovely and healthy. sometimes i add a couple of drops of orange blossom water to the pot of tea. i am going to try your version next time. love your blog.

  5. nora@ffr says:

    yummm!!! soo great!! 🙂

  6. spice says:

    Orange blossom water, new to me….but i really want to eat those sesame treats next to your cup…r they made using jaggery, we call it til ladoo(in india)…..

  7. capresso coffee make says:

    I guess it is like mint tea. I like to drink mint tea when my stomach does not feel well.

  8. Nancy says:

    What a lovely idea! I don’t care for coffee after dinner, but I would love a cup of this ‘white coffee’! Will have to pick up some orange blossom water soon so I can try this at home.

  9. Eric Brown says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! For my taste, 1 tsp of orange blossom water per 2 oz was too strong. I think next time I will cut it down to .25 – .50 tsp.

  10. Julie says:

    Oh, I love orange blossom water! I would have never thought about this recipe before I read your blog! Thx, I’m making a white coffee right away.

    • Joumana says:

      Hi Julie, I need to caution you that it may be strong for you, if you are not used to it so start with 1/2 teaspoon per cup, and see how you like it.

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  12. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    I have some orange blossom water leftover from making Turkish Delights. Didn’t know what to do with it and here’s an idea. 😉

  13. Julie Thorson says:

    Brilliant. My local market has both rose and orange blossom waters. I always get the rose water but haven’t yet used orange blossom.

    I love this. Thank you so much.

  14. james says:

    what taste it have?

  15. Russell Volz says:

    Wow! White Coffee that’s not coffee and has no caffeine. Sounds interesting. It actually sounds like a virgin cup of real white coffee, which is made from whole bean white coffee, and which also doesn’t taste like coffee, but it does have double the caffeine. Whole bean white coffee when brewed tastes like a super smooth nutty brew. It’s heaven in a cup. Just search the internet for “whole bean white coffee”.

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