Day two of my aphrodisiac of the day countdown to Valentine’s Day!!  Today I want to write about cardamom infused coffee.  I hope you find this interesting and try it! It may just spice up your Valentine’s Day!



The smell alone of roasted coffee beans alone is a stimulant. Caffeine is well-known to stimulate the mind and body but too much can have the adverse effect, it can become a depressant. Coffee should be served small amounts to use as an aphrodisiac. Great for the ‘all-nighter’!


Cardamom spice

I love cardamom. I use it when I am cooking Middle Eastern dishes and in the Middle East, they call it ‘hel’. Cardamom is very fragrant; the aroma is fresh and strong.  There are two types of cardamom, green and black. Green cardamom seeds are the fruit of a ginger-related plant. They are picked when young and dried for use.  Green cardamom is used for more sweet dishes like baklava or some Scandinavian deserts. Black (aka wild) cardamom is similar to the green cardamom’s aroma, but black cardamom has an earthier component that could be called smoky and is used in more savory dishes like curries or garam masala.

Today I will give you the recipe for Turkish coffee, pairing coffee and green cardamom. This is a traditional coffee drink in the Middle East, originating from Turkey- thus the name! In the Middle East and in some Middle Eastern cafes or markets, you can find prepackaged coffee with green cardamom, but today you will learn how to make it fresh. It is simple and will get you and your partner going on Valentine’s Day!


 Cardamom infused coffee (or Turkish coffee)

1 cup water

1 tablespoon of extra finely ground coffee (powder consistency)

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, or 1 cardamom pod

Sugar to taste (optional)


Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan.

Remove from heat and add coffee and cardamom.

Return saucepan to heat and allow the coffee and cardamom mixture to come to a boil. Remove immediately from the heat when coffee foams.

Again, return to heat, allowing the coffee to foam one more time and remove from heat again immediately.

Pour into cup, and allow it to sit for a few minutes for the grounds to settle to the bottom of the cup. A cardamom pod in the finished coffee and cup may be served for added flavor and cute decor.


Coffee making Tips

Turkish coffee must always be served with foam on top.

If you can’t find finely ground Arabic coffee, you can purchase a bag of coffee at any coffeehouse and ask them to grind it for Turkish coffee. You need to have a powder-like consistency.

Do not stir after pouring into cups; the foam will collapse and the grounds will not be settled making the coffee annoying to drink.

Lastly, always use cold water.

Nonfood idea for cardamom and coffee on Valentine’s Day

For body scrub

Mix together and use on dry skin to exfoliate gently

1 cup finely ground coffee beans (espresso sized grounds are great)

½ cup natural, unbleached sugar

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Gently rub on dry skin

For bath

Mix together

1.5 cups sea salt (or Epsom salt)

2 drops of rose oil

2 drops of cardamom oil

Pour all into bath, get in and relax!

For extra romance, use fresh rose petals to garnish your bath


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  1. jimtroth February 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Columbus Ohio Coffee Quest.

  2. sandwichsurprise February 2, 2013 at 12:26 am Reply

    Yum! I love cardamom; it’s just too bad I’ve given up coffee. Sad face.

  3. MrsTarnished February 2, 2013 at 6:33 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Mrs.Tarnished and commented:
    CookWithMolly your ‘For Bath’ sounds very inviting and relaxing!! 🙂 reblogged this on MrsTarnished

  4. MrsTarnished February 2, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

    CookWithMolly your ‘For Bath’ sounds very inviting and relaxing!! 🙂 reblogged this on MrsTarnished

    • MrsTarnished February 2, 2013 at 6:40 am Reply

      Not sure I did it correctly sorry for the multiple ‘copy’ comments.

  5. mrsmjs February 2, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    Thank you for following my blog! Did you see my sudanese coffee? Think we must like the same coffee sensation!

  6. Jourdie Ross February 3, 2013 at 3:29 am Reply

    Molly, thanks for checking out purelysubjective. I’m so thrilled you decided to follow along! This recipe looks ah-mazing. It’s like the coffee equivalent of traditional chai masala, which I am getting to know here in India. Typically spiced chai is half milk and half water, with black tea and cardamom brought to a boil. Tons of sugar, too usually. I will definitely make this when I am in kitchen land again; thanks for sharing! I look forward to reading more.

    • cookwithmolly February 3, 2013 at 3:42 am Reply

      Thank you and have fun in India!! I have always wanted to go there!!!!

      • Jourdie Ross February 5, 2013 at 2:44 am

        I’ll do my best to show you what I can. I hope you make it here in the future!

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