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WE HAVE FOUR DIFFERENT QISHRS ON THE WAY WITH EXPECTED ARRIVAL IN JUNE OR JULY 2021. WE'VE NEVER HAD THIS MANY. BE EXCITED.
QISHR is the dried husk of coffee cherries, and is used in Yemen to brew a traditional spiced tea. Find that recipe below. Or it can be brewed straight, giving a fruity, slighty sweet tea that has a body and mouthfeel akin to black tea. But that description does it injustice, and really qishr tastes unlike any other tea. Qishr tastes like qishr. (In Latin America it's called cascara.)
If you really want to understand Yemen's coffee, that you have to know and try qishr. Coffee beans start life as a cherry, which is picked and dried in the sun. This leaves a dried fruit with two green coffee seeds in the middle. Once it makes it to the mill, the seeds are removed and the dried fruit remains. With the hardened fruit, you can make a traditional tea. Thus, qishr is a byproduct of naturally processed coffee. (Conversely, coffee is the waste product of qishr, depending on your perspective.)
When brewing the tea at home, it's like loose leaf tea. One serving can brew 1 cup of tea or 4 cups of tea, depending on your strength preference. Brew time can run from 2 minutes to forever, and you can strain or not strain the tea. My preference is 5 minute brew, send it through a coffee filter, add honey and heavy cream. Tastes AMAZING.
Recipes from the coffee mill:
|Tradition Yemeni Recipe:||Straight Qishr|
1 cup water
5 grams qishr (1 tbl sp)
1/2 pod cardamon (crushed, not ground)
1 sliver fresh ginger
1/3 cinnamon stick
Steep in hot water for 6 minutes
1 cup water
3 - 4 grams qishr (1 tbl sp)
This is a great drink when it is past the time of day that you would dare have lots of caffeine. I made it in a French press, brewed it for 6 minutes with spices, and it was wonderful with a dab of sugar.
Really good. Kinda like a fruity black tea, a bit different but really good
This is a great little alternative to traditional coffee or tea. I really enjoyed this with the suggested spices.
Thank you Al Mokha for introducing me to this lovely, charming little beverage. It's a treat to be able to brew up something that is in a sense coffee (but non-caffeinated) later in the day and not worry about it keeping me up. I personally recommend qishr with milk and honey in the late afternoon - pure joy!
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