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Qahwah House Introduces New Yorkers to Yemeni Coffee
February 25, 2024, 2:57.27 am ET



Take a step back into the history of coffee at Qahwah House in Manhattan where not just the beans, but the coffee husks are used in the preparation. It begins with Qahwah, the Arabic word for coffee. While it is unclear whether coffee originated in Yemen or Ethiopia, Qahwah insists it was Yemen introduced the world to the first cup of brew in the 14th Century. At Qahwah House in the West Village New Yorkers it is still prepared with centuries-old traditions.

Yemeni Style coffee and teas are served in individual pots, usually as a service for two. There is Sana’ani, a medium roast with cardamon; Jubani, a light roast made with coffee and coffee husks that is served with cardamom, ginger and cinnamon; and Yemeni Tea with black tea, cardamon and cloves; among others.

Other offerings by the cup include more familiar coffee drinks like Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino and a Yemeni Latte. Assorted pastries are offered like Sabaya, a flaky layered “bread cake” coated with Yemeni butter; Khaliat Alnahi, soft pull-apart cheese filled rolls drizzled with honey; and mini pistachio cakes. Qahwah is a food adventure in the heart of New York City where the hardest thing might be snagging a table.

Qahwah House is located at 13 Carmine St, New York, NY (212) 933-0754. For more information, visit