Foreign Cinema Restaurant’s Crazy Coffee

In the very early days of San Francisco’s Foreign Cinema restaurant, this coffee recipe — infused with heady notes of cardamom, allspice, and clove –fueled the restaurant team’s sixteen-hour shifts and fed their caffeine and spice appetites in one sip. To surprise your senses, do as they do and add ras el hanout (“top of the shop”) spice mix to your favorite coffee grinds before brewing.

Foreign Cinema Restaurant’s Crazy Coffee

The simple addition of an exotic spice blend can parlay everyday coffee into an experience. Try this recipe by the chef's of Foreign Cinema resturant to amp up your morning cup of joe.

Servings 6


  • 1 tablespoon Ras el Hanout (below)
  • 1-1/2 cups freshly ground medium-bodied coffee


  1. Combine the spice mix and the ground coffee. Use 5 cups of water to prepare the coffee using your preferred method.

Ras el Hanout

MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP Store this spice mix for up to 1 month in an airtight container, and add it to your coffee grounds before brewing for a potent, perky cup o’ joe.


  • 3 tablespoons ground cardamom
  • 3 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground star anise
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground culinary lavender
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground white pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients.

Photography Aubrie Pick

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