Moroccan Spiced Coffee or Espresso Recipe

Moroccan Spiced Coffee

The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
67 Calories
1g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 67
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 4g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Moroccan spiced coffee recipe is well-suited for brewing in an automatic drip maker, stovetop Moka, or French coffee press. The aromatic spices add complex flavor without overwhelming; for more pungency, add the optional ginger and black pepper.

If you don't have a coffee/spice grinder, substitute ground coffee and ground spices. Stir them together to mix.

For another spiced coffee variation, try this recipe. Looking for a quicker version?, try this Moroccan Instant Spiced Coffee Recipe.


  • 1/2 cup coffee beans (or espresso beans)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 or 2 whole cloves
  • Seeds from 3 or 4 cardamom pods
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making Moroccan spiced coffee

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  2. Place all ingredients into a coffee grinder and process.

    Coffee beans and spices in a grinder

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  3. The spiced coffee is best used immediately. If you don't need all of it, store the spiced ground coffee in a light-proof, airtight container.

    A jar filled with ground spiced coffee

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  4. Use the spiced ground coffee, one to two tablespoons of the mixture per serving, the ground spices may clog the filter basket in electric espresso makers, so other brewing methods are preferred such as a french press, pour over, or drip coffee machine.

    A French press filled with brewed Moroccan spiced coffee

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  5. Serve the spiced coffee black, or with sugar and hot milk as desired.

    Coffee being poured into a mug

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