I’m a coffee enthusiast. But sometimes I like to have something different. While in Libya I discovered what in Tripoli is called “Gahwa byadha” or white coffee. It’s actually not coffee at all, it’s 100% caffeine free, but it’s warm, and for people who don’t like coffee, or just want something different once in a while, it’s a nice substitute. If it’s caffeine free and it’s white, then why is it called coffee? Well, my best guess is because it’s made the same way coffee is made in Libya: with a bakrij (a small metallic inverted cone or cup with a long handle, which is used directly on the stove to cook coffee).
The only difference is that instead of Turkish coffee (or what they call Gahwa Arabya: Arabic coffee in Libya), they put the white mixture, which you can make yourself as well, following this easy recipe. As a bonus, it’s also keto-friendly, and very healthy. It’s not for people with nut allergies, however, as it’s made with almond flour.
3 1/2 c almond flour
3/4 c chickpea flour
2 Tbsp ground fennel seeds
1.5 Tbsp ground anise seeds
30+ ground cardamom pods (this is the minimum)
Boil water. Use 2 heaping teaspoons (or 1 Tbsp) of the mix per each cup of boiling water and stir.
If you want to make it the Libyan way, boil your water in a small saucepan and as soon as the water comes to a gentle boil, lower the heat to medium and add a Tbsp of the white coffee mix. Keep stirring until it foams. Remove from heat and serve. If you have a sweet tooth, add stevia (or sugar, or honey, if you’re not following a keto diet), and enjoy!