Moroccan Coffee (with Spices)

Last Updated on August 23, 2022 by Safaa (founder of moroccanzest)
spicy Moroccan coffee recipe

Moroccan Coffee (with Spices)

If you love coffee and you love spices, this Moroccan coffee is going to become one of your favorites to make. It’s fragrant and delicious! It fills the kitchen with a smell so divine, you will probably be impatient to make it, every day, or every other day.

I learned this Moroccan spicy coffee recipe from my mother, growing up in Morocco. While it’s not an everyday Moroccan beverage like Moroccan mint tea is in Morocco, this spiced coffee is usually made for guests after a heavy meal as it has good digestive properties thanks to the spices it contains.

Not only that, but the spices in this Moroccan spicy coffee marry beautifully together, filling the mouth with a delicious fragrance which is the best way to wrap up a generous meal.

How to Make Moroccan Coffee – Traditional Recipe

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This spicy Moroccan coffee recipe uses freshly ground nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and other few herbs and aromatics.

In Morocco, we usually make a big batch of this coffee spice mix and store it in an airtight glass jar. Whenever we want to make our spiced coffee, we directly use the spicy coffee mix as we would use regular ground coffee. There are no extra steps and it’s really practical.

Moroccan coffee spicy recipe

The key is to use good quality spices and herbs. They give the best taste and the best health benefits. With good spices, not only this Moroccan coffee can have good digestive properties, but thanks to some of the spices, it can balance the caffeine effect and have you less stressed and agitated.

Another important thing is to use an Italian coffee maker. If you drink coffee regularly, a stainless steel Italian coffee maker will be the best option as it won’t transfer bad chemicals and a metallic taste to your coffee.

spicy Moroccan coffee recipe

Moroccan Coffee – Spicy & Traditional Recipe

This traditional spicy Moroccan coffee recipe will fill your kitchen with a divine smell that will make you long for your coffee break. Delicious, fragrant and easy to make.
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


For making a 1-pound batch of Moroccan Coffee

  • 1 pound (450 g) ground coffee beans
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp anise seeds
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground star anise
  • ½ tsp ground pepper


  • In a dry bowl, mix the ground coffee with the spices and herbs then store the mix in an airtight container. This will preserve the aromatics and allow them to deeply infuse your coffee.

For making 4 servings of Moroccan coffee

  • Fill your Italian coffee maker base with 10 oz (300 mL) water
  • Put 2 tablespoons of your Moroccan coffee mixture in the filter of your coffee maker.
  • Close the coffee maker and cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes, until all the coffee transfers to the top chamber
  • Enjoy hot, with or without a sweetener, with or without milk.


  • Make sure you grind your coffee beans for an Italian coffee maker. The best grind for an Italian coffee maker is medium to medium-fine.
  • Using a stainless steel coffee maker is the best option for coffee drinkers, as coffee is acidic and can release chemicals in some non-stainless-steel coffee makers. The stainless steel coffee maker I use and recommend is the Grosche Milano stainless steel coffee maker, which you can find on Amazon ( I included the amazon link in the recipe card).
  • While this spicy Moroccan coffee recipe is the traditional recipe used in Morocco and the one that will give you the most aromas, you don’t have to use all the spices and herbs listed. Work with what you can find.
  • Store this coffee mix in the fridge for up to three months in an airtight glass jar. It will stay fresh and fragrant.

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Delicious recipe!

May 24, 2022

I have made this several times since returning from Morocco just over a month ago and have shared it with many friends! Thank you so much for posting it!


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Thank you, Samantha! That means a lot! -xx

smells like Marrakech

January 12, 2021

I ve been looking for so long for a coffee recipe to make the delicious coffee I had in Jamaa el fna 2 years ago. This recipe is THE ONE. its so good and flavorful, thank you Safa

tracey konnen


January 12, 2021

i tried this recipe this morning … just delicious

nina estrowsky

The smell is the kitchen

October 18, 2020

This coffee was spicy and full of spice perfumes, i added milk and a little of cream and it was like a fall dessert. A keeper



October 18, 2020

Made it today to my husband, he loved it! I didnt have the star anise so i did not use any, but it was still delicious and fragrant. Thank you

Maya db

Last Updated on August 23, 2022 by Safaa (founder of moroccanzest)

Safaa, founder of moroccanzest

From design and decor to food and travel, moroccanzest is the space where I share what I loved growing up in Morocco, and more. It’s your destination for everything beautiful, artistic, and made the Moroccan way with love. Learn more about me here.