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Bo’khoor البخور


Have you ever came across people that are holding an object that produces a thick smoke -probably smells wired to you- and they are literally trying to saturate themselves with that smoke? If you seen this before, congratulations! you have been in Gulf for too long; just kidding. But really, ever wondered what is that?

Bo’khoor is a fragrant aromatic wood, that is highly used in the gulf in many occasions. As it can be seen in the picture, Bo’khoor is basically tree stems of certain special trees. Those stems then go through natural and artificial processes to gain particular qualities qualifies them to be used as Aromatic substance/agent.

These trees grow mainly in East Asia in many countries like: Indonesia, Malaysia, South China, and India. The appropriate tree for Bo’khoor must be 20-30 years old years old tree-sometimes older-. Believe it or not! these stems develop their fragrant properties as a result of fungal attack, which transforms the white wood color to darker shade of brown (color is an indicator of Bo’khoor quality grade).

Ok! am not gonna bore you with the processing details. Let’s jump to the sensorial characters, shall we!

You already know this thing comes from wood, you are expecting the woody aromas, right? those notes are there, but that’s not all. First you need charcoal or a special instrument so stems start producing the aromatic smoke.

This Blue-ish white cloudy smoke will contain mainly the following aroma notes in different concentrations:
Agarwood (patchouli like aroma), woody, Sandalwood, some burnt notes, cinnamon hints.

As many ladies use it to fragrance their hair, clothes, and personal belongings; they like to personalize the aroma as well by adding some oils like: Amber, Musk, jasmine -floral scents; or add some spices or powders like: Saffron, sage, and Arabic Gum. It is used also to spread scent to the room, hall, or furniture. In Western region they even use it to perfume cups to serve water and juice for special guests.

It might smell weird and intense for you at first, but once you mingle in any gulf culture, you will smell it’s hints everywhere. As it holds very sentimental value to the region. It reminds us of our holey occasions, weddings, spiritual gatherings, grandmah’s house! and because it used to be (and some kinds still are) expensive, you will only smell it in the very important events.


Would like to highlight one last fact before closing, Bo’khoor is totally different from Incense. might be same in concept, but source and aroma are nothing alike.

So tell us, have you came across Bo’khoor before? How was your experience?

Hope you liked the article!

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Arabic Coffee

This was my first Article ever about food and beverages! I hope you enjoy reading it!
Since everyone was Celebrating #coffee#International#day on 1 October 2018, I wanted to take the opportunity and introduce some information about our Saudi Arabic Coffee.
Brewing and preparing Arabic Coffee in Saudi Arabia is very different than any Arabic coffee in Gulf or middle east, in fact it’s flavor profile differs from one region to the other within Saudi itself!

Originally, coffee beans used to prepare this coffee grows in Yemen. The top two beans in terms of their quality are either Harary beans or Kholany beans.
Beans are slightly roasted, golden roast only not brownish or dark brown).


Our coffee is blended with flavoring agents in addition to the coffee beans which give it the unique overall flavor. Main ingredients include: Cardamom, Saffron, and cloves. Ratio depending on preference. some regions add some milk to enhance both flavor and texture.


We serve it in small special glass cups (Finjal), in a quantity not exceeding 15ml. it is strong, so you need to relax and take small sips and wait for it to do the mood stabilizing magic. 

Arabic coffee needs from 15-20 minutes for the beans to boil on low heat before it’s ready for consumption (other ingredients will be added after coffee is ready). The ratio defers depending on individual preference. The ratio I use: 1L water, 30G Coffee, 2 table spoon Cardamom, and add a little saffron and cloves.
I’m sure you are wondering about the sensory properties of this drink by now!

Let me give you the main hints and notes you will notice from the first sip. First, you will see blond liquid drink, with a strong released spicy odor. Then you will perceive Acidic Bitter taste with floral spicy flavor with no sweetness at all (we don’t add sugar to this kind of coffee). It dissolves very fast leaving a strong refreshing spicy aftertaste driven by the cardamom and clove notes.
Some people experience some oral numbness when consume too many cups, and if coffee was prepared with crushed cloves instead of whole cloves. 

There are many Cafes that serve Arabic coffee in Saudi, so it will not be difficult to find and you don’t need to stress yourself with the preparation.

According to one of the latest studies published on Caffeine content in coffee, it appears that the less roasted beans (the lighter the color) the more Caffeine it contains. So careful! this coffee will keep you up all night.

If you prepare your coffee differently, come and tell us about it!

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