Yemeni Ginger Coffee | Qishr قشر
قشر/Qishr in Arabic means peel. That’s exactly what this drink is made of, coffee peels or husks. Qishr is a Yemeni hot drink made of dried coffee husks or cherry coffee husks called Cascara. Combined with fresh ginger and some cinnamon, this becomes a comforting drink.
Some may question if it’s really coffee or if it’s a tea since it’s not coffee bean grinds but rather coffee husks? I grew up understanding that it’s a type of qahwa or coffee, and also its main ingredient is a coffee husk so I lean towards coffee. Whatever the case may be, this is a game changer and a must have in your kitchen.
Qishr - Yemeni Ginger Coffee
- 1 cup of water
- 4 teaspoons Cascara
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (fresh ginger is key!)
- Optional: dash of cinnamon
- In a small Turkish coffee pot or Ibrik add water, cascara, and ginger (can be done in a traditional tea kettle too).
- Bring mixture to a boil and remove it from heat.
The amount you make is only 1 cup however you typically serve in Arabic/Turkish coffee cups which are about 3 oz. You can also use espresso cups. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on top if you like and add sugar to sweeten.