Ginger coffee (and spiced ginger coffee) is said to have come to Indonesia from the Middle East. In Indonesia, it still sometimes called Arab coffee (kopi Arab). But it’s very different from what the Western world thinks of as Arab coffee, because it is nothing like the thick, strong black coffee served in tiny cups. Instead, the coffee is much thinner, with a strong ginger/spice taste. This version originates in the Arabian Peninsula, in countries like Yemen/Saudi Arabia, rather than in Levantine areas like Lebanon which has exported its version to the West. Today, you can order it in every warung (casual restaurant) in Indonesia — it’s something I always order when I visit Indonesia.