The tradition of adding cardamom to coffee dates back to Bedouin villages. This aromatic beverage was served to guests as part of the welcoming ceremony. It was brewed in special pots on open fire and offered to drink warm. Not knowing the healing properties of the spice, the Arabs observed that cardamom relieves the traveler of fatigue and sets up a long conversation near the hearth.
What’s the secret of the spice
Cardamom is the fruit of an exotic plant belonging to the ginger family. When added to a coffee drink, it gives it a light yellowish hue and a spicy citrus flavor. The spice is able to neutralize the stimulating effect of caffeine on the nervous system, without reducing its invigorating properties.
Cardamom contains vitamins B and C, zinc, calcium, iron, copper, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and potassium. The spicy, spicy-sweet flavor is given to the spice by its essential oil.
Because of such a rich composition, a drink with cardamom has a number of medicinal properties:
- reduces swelling;
- helps fight indigestion, bloating, intestinal cramps, constipation and bouts of nausea;
- removes toxins and impurities from the body;
- helps to fight acute respiratory infections;
- promotes excretion of kidney stones;
- has anesthetic effect, reduces toothache;
- increases efficiency and reduces fatigue;
- improves vision;
- prevents tooth decay and freshens breath;
- fights coughs.
People who watch their figures closely will love the fact that a cup of cardamom coffee drunk before a workout will speed up fat burning by up to 20%.
How to drink cardamom coffee correctly
Eliminate the chance of side effects in the form of rashes, increased urination and exacerbation of chronic diseases can only be achieved by following the rules of cooking coffee with cardamom arabic.
Nutritionists recommend not to add more than ¼ teaspoon of cardamom in a single cup of 200 ml. Too high concentration of the spice will not only spoil the taste of the coffee, but also can cause harm to the body.
Immunologists believe that for the first consumption, it is desirable to reduce the dosage of the spice even more. According to them, you should start with 1 pinch of crushed seeds to eliminate the risk of developing food allergies.
Can cardamom do any harm
Cardamom coffee has a strong invigorating effect, so it is recommended with particular caution for pregnant and lactating women, as well as people who suffer from insomnia and children under 7 years of age.
Especially cautious should drink the drink with such diseases:
- gastritis and peptic ulcer;
- chronic diseases of the pancreas and liver;
- diseases of the kidneys, intestines and gallbladder;
- mental disorders.
Useful properties of coffee with cardamom are retained when consuming no more than 3-4 cups per day. If you exceed the recommended amount, diarrhea and other side effects may occur.
Individual intolerance and allergy to the spice are extremely dangerous. In the case of deterioration or exacerbation of the course of the disease, the drink should be abandoned.
Especially carefully monitor the reaction of the body to coffee with spice should people with kidney disease. This is primarily due to the mechanism of caffeine effects on internal organs. Approximately 10% of this substance is excreted unchanged through the kidneys. When a person drinks coffee systematically, diuresis increases, which in turn leads to sodium loss.
High consumption of caffeine-containing drinks can cause a significant loss of fluid, with which the metabolism and absorption of potassium, sodium and calcium is impaired. Such a process, left unattended, is quite capable of provoking the development of urolithiasis.
The situation is aggravated by two more factors: the diuretic effect of cardamom and the thirst quenching effect of caffeine. Nutritionists and nutritionists recommend increasing your usual amount of water intake if you are a real “caffeine drinker”.
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Bedouins living in the eastern deserts have been searching for years for the most successful recipes. Each village had its own special brewing method which they kept secret from the others. Today, baristas make oriental-style coffee with cardamom in a variety of variations. Try making this aromatic beverage yourself.
The original recipe for coffee with cardamom does not include sugar. It should be added if you don’t like the bitter taste.
To make it, take:
- 0.22 liters of pure water;
- 4 tsp. ground coffee;
- 3 grains of cardamom;
- sugar to taste.
Cardamom must be slightly crushed, put in a turkey or a jesus, pour water on it and put on fire. When you see the foam, you should take the pot off the fire for a couple of seconds, then put it back on the stove. Repeat the action at least three times. After allowing the drink to infuse and pour into mugs.
Recipe with chocolate
To diversify the original recipe, you can prepare coffee with cardamom and chocolate.
For this you will need:
- 2 tsp. ground coffee;
- 2 grains of cardamom;
- 4 cloves;
- 40 g of dark chocolate.
The first steps are no different from the classic recipe. While the coffee will be infused, you need to melt chocolate in a water bath or in a microwave oven and add a little milk to it. The resulting warm mixture should be poured into the prepared coffee and poured into cups.
Depending on the region and national characteristics, various ingredients are added to classic coffee with cardamom: orange peel, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, honey, lemon, cream, preserved pineapple, dried cherries.
Knowing the classic recipe and not being afraid to experiment, you can get a completely new and unique flavor. After all, the Bedouins once did just that by adding cardamom beans to coffee.