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Turkish coffee, the perfect wake-up call

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

As coffee lovers, we always try different coffee blends and brewing methods

from all over the world. But there's one type of coffee that always manages to

stand out, and that is the rich and flavorful Turkish coffee.


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Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee, also known as "kahve" in Turkey, is a traditional method of brewing

coffee that has been enjoyed for centuries in the Middle East and Mediterranean

regions. It's made with extra fine coffee grounds and brewing them in a small pot

called a cezve. The result is a thick, rich and flavorful coffee that is enjoyed with

friends and family.


One of the things that makes Turkish coffee unique is its preparation method.


Unlike other brewing methods that use a filter, Turkish coffee is brewed directly in the pot, which allows all the coffee oils and flavors to remain in the final drink. The coffee grounds are also left in the bottom of the cup, which is part of the traditional experience.

You can add spices, such as cardamom or cinnamon, to enhance the flavor. This

gives the coffee a distinct and aromatic taste that sets it apart from other types of

coffee.


The most significant aspect of Turkish coffee is its cultural significance. In many

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries, having a cup of Turkish coffee is an

essential part of socializing and building relationships. It's a way to connect with

friends and family and to enjoy each other's company. In fact, in Turkey, it is a

tradition to serve it after a meal as a symbol of hospitality and friendship.

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When it comes to brewing Turkish coffee, it's important to use high-quality, freshly

ground and light-roast coffee beans, remember to grind on extra fine. We use our GAVO

Manual Coffee Grinder on setting 1.

It's also essential to use a cezve that is made of copper, as it helps to evenly

distribute heat and maintain a consistent temperature. The coffee should be

brewed slowly over low heat to allow the flavors to fully develop.


Part of the tradition is to serve in small cups, called ‘fincan’ and it’s customary to

serve it with a glass of water on the side to cleanse the palate, it’s also common to

serve it with a piece of Turkish delight or a sweet pastry.


Serving Turkish Coffee

Take your time to enjoy your Turkish coffee, savor the experience.


The coffee grounds should be left in the bottom of the cup however is not meant

to be consumed, instead it’s used for fortune-telling.


Once finished, turn the cup upside down, leave it to cool for a minutes, the

patterns and shapes that the coffee leaves are interpreted to reveal insights about

the drinker’s future.


To prepare Turkish coffee, you will need the following ingredients:


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Ingredients:

1. 2 tablespoon of ground coffee, light-roast extra fine (Don't try to make this

coffee with regular ground coffee)

2. 6-8 oz of cold water

3. 2 tablespoon of sugar (optional)

Equipment needed

1. Cezve or Ibrik

2. Spoon

3. Stovetop


Instructions:

1. Fill the cezve with cold water until it reaches the neck of the pot.

2. Add extra fine ground coffee to the Turkish coffee pot.

3. Add sugar if you like it sweet. (Optional)

4. Heat the cezve over low heat until it's about to boil. Then, remove the cezve

from heat.

5. Scoop out the foam with the spoon and add it to your serving cups.

6. Stir the turkish coffee in the cezve and return the cezve to stovetop.

7. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 twice more but, for the last round, don't return it to

stovetop.

8. Pour the coffee very slowly into the serving cups so the foam rises to the top,

let the coffee settle for a few minutes, then serve.

Tips

Use fresh coffee beans, grind it right before you brewing, we recommend Light

roast.

If you choose to use ground coffee, Mehmet Efendi Turkish Coffee is a great

choice.

Use cold filtered water, avoid trying this recipe with warm and hot water.

You can also add 1 - 2 pods of cardamom to add a little bit of spice. Remember to

grind it up finely as well.

Honey, milk, or cream are a good alternative to sugar.

Set your stovetop to the lowest heat, stirring two or three times until it starts to

rise, don’t let it boil.


Benefits:

• Turkish coffee is known for its high caffeine content, which can help to

increase energy levels and improve mental alertness.

• It is also rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the body against disease

and aging.

• Turkish coffee is also believed to have various health benefits, such as

reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Taste:

• Turkish coffee is typically served without milk or cream, which allows the full

flavor of the coffee beans to come through.

• It has a strong, rich taste that is often described as bold and earthy.

• Some people find the taste of Turkish coffee to be too strong, but you can

adjust the strength by using more or less coffee beans.


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Conclusion:

If you are a coffee enthusiast and want to try new brewing methods and love a

thick and rich cup of coffee then Turkish coffee is the right one for you.

It’s a unique and flavorful coffee that has stood the test of time. Its

traditional brewing method, use of spices, cultural significance and serving

customs make it a beloved choice among coffee lovers. If you haven't had the

pleasure of trying Turkish coffee yet, I highly recommend giving it a try. It's a

unique and satisfying coffee experience that is sure to please.

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