Yemeni Ginger Coffee | Qishr قشر

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

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 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.

Qishr Yemeni Coffee

2 replies »

    • You can buy the grinds on amazon. The first option that appears is Brazilian cascara which explicitly indicates can be used for Qishr. Also, you can use any pot honestly. The Ibrik is convenient to serve in.


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