How to Make White Coffee At Home: Great Recipes

The coffee world is a wonderful place. There are so many options and I’m pretty sure you can find something you like no matter who you are. White coffee just adds to this list.

Although white coffee is quite new for most coffee fans, it has actually been around for a long time. Basically, it’s just an extremely light roast with love from Yemen. They also add a spice blend to their drinks to make it extra special.

Let’s take a look at the roasting process and that spice mix. We will also quickly touch on the health implications of white coffee.

However, if you want, you can fast-forward to the section with the actual white coffee recipes.

Roasting Process

Because the main element of this coffee is the lighter roast, the roasting process is obviously quite important. 

The same green coffee beans that are used for traditional coffee are used to make white roast coffee beans (Arabica or Robusta). However, how the beans are roasted is different.

Roasting Time

The only difference is that the roasting is stopped before the first crack. The first crack is an indication of how much the beans have been roasted. Blonde roasts are usually not roasted far beyond that point, but with white beans, it is a bit different.

The roasting time of white coffee beans is thus significantly lower than other coffee beans.

Roasting Temperature

Another thing other than the roasting time is that white coffee beans are roasted at a lower temperature than darker roasts.

Regular coffee beans are roasted between 370°F (187°C) and 540°F (282°C).

White coffee beans are roasted way below that at about 325°F (162°C).

Spice Mix

A very important aspect of the authentic version of white coffee coming from Yemen is the spices that I mentioned earlier. This blend of spices is called “hawaij”. 

You can buy it premixed or make it yourself. It is quite easy to make it yourself. There are many recipes on the internet to try.

It is important to note, however, that there is not one correct recipe. There is a myriad of different ways to make the blend and in the end, you should choose the version that you like best. 

The main ingredients are cumin and black pepper, but it can also contain a combination of all or some of the following spices:

  1. cinnamon
  2. ginger
  3. cardamom
  4. cloves
  5. coriander
  6. tumeric

Also, although using the spices is how the coffee was originally made, there is nothing that says that you have to do it like that. The main thing is to use the right coffee beans.

White Coffee Taste

A cup of white coffee will bless you with a wonderful sweet and nutty flavor. It is less bitter than normal coffee but still has a bit of an acidic taste.

The reason for this more acidic taste is that the chlorogenic acid in the beans doesn’t evaporate quite as much as with light to dark roasts.

Health Benefits

Chlorogenic Acid

The higher chlorogenic acids could help your cardiovascular health and decrease inflammation.

However, I have not seen any concrete evidence the difference is enough to justify a switch from normal light to dark roast coffee.

Caffeine Content

White coffee beans are known to have a higher caffeine content. There are various opinions about the amounts, but I believe that if you are conscious about your caffeine intake, rather consider switching the origin of your beans. The type of coffee that you use has a much bigger impact on the amount of caffeine in the coffee.

How to Make White Coffee At Home

The first thing to note is that unlike with traditional coffee beans, you might not be able to use the coffee grinder that you have at home. White coffee beans are much denser than normal coffee beans.

So, either you buy a commercial grinder or you buy pre-ground beans. I would suggest the latter for the sake of your wallet.

Brewing Method

An espresso machine is best for this. The reason is that an espresso maker helps to extract the mild flavor that is characteristic of white coffee because of its high pressure. This way you can enjoy the full flavor of it.

However, you could also use an AeroPress or Moka pot because they also use a bit of pressure to brew the coffee.

If you don’t have any of those, I’m certain you could also try your French press. However, because it doesn’t use pressure to brew the coffee, you might not get the best results. Steeping the coffee for longer could help quite a bit. About 10 minutes might do the trick. But you can experiment to find the perfect amount of time for your taste.

White Coffee Recipes

Here are recipes for making white coffee with an espresso machine, Moka pot, and AeroPress.

Espresso Machine

  1. Add white coffee grounds to the filter basket (portafilter). 7 grams for a single shot and 15 grams for a double shot of espresso.
  2. Tamp the grounds firmly and evenly.
  3. To get the most flavor, pre-soak the coffee grounds by starting your shot, and after about four seconds, stop it.
  4. Wait about 20 seconds and start to pull the shot as you usually do.
  5. Although this coffee is usually consumed black you could add cold milk, steamed milk, almond milk, oat milk , or any other additive that you can think of to the coffee.
  6. For an authentic white coffee experience also try adding hawaij.

Moka Pot

This recipe will yield about the same amount of coffee as two shots of espresso.

  1. Boil about 4oz (120ml) of water.
  2. Add about 15 grams of ground coffee to the filter basket.
  3. Pour the water into the bottom chamber and put the filter basket in. Next screw on the top chamber.
  4. Put the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil.
  5. You will know that the coffee is done when you hear a hissing sound.
  6. Like with white coffee made with an espresso machine, you can now add any additive that you want. Don’t forget to try to add hawaij.


  1. ​First, boil the water.
  2. Put the filter into the filter cap and add about 17 grams of white coffee grounds to the brewing chamber.
  3. Put the five-sided base on a cup. Make sure that the funnel is at the top and that everything is balanced.
  4. Fill the main compartment with water until the circle with the 1.
  5. Stir it for 15 – 20 seconds before using the pump to push down slowly.
  6. Now you can once again flavor the coffee to your liking.​

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