Turkish Coffee

Mainly enjoyed throughout the Middle East, it is easy to make it at home. You can make Turkish coffee as a daily ritual.

In Turkey, when you go to somebody’s house, the first question isn’t if you want to drink Turkish coffee, but rather how you would like to have your coffee prepared. By how, your host is asking about the amount of sugar you would like to have in your coffee. To answer the question, you may say “sade” which means no sugar; “az seker” which means very little sugar; “orta”  which means with 1-2 teaspoons of sugar; or “sekerli”  which means with 3-4 teaspoon sugar.

I prefer it without any sugar. It tastes bitter without sugar and I love Turkish Delight near Turkish coffee.

PREPARING TURKISH COFFEE:

  • Add cold, filtered water to the cezve (ibrik), about 50 milliliters (1.7 oz) per cup of coffee desired. To measure the amount of water for each cup, use the coffee cup you are going to use. The amount for one is 1.5 for each.
  • Add sugar to taste, stirring to blend it
  • Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add a teaspoon of coffee per cup
  • Boil coffee.  
  • Remove the cezve from heat immediately after bringing to a first boil, discarding the accumulated foam, and mix well.
  • The coffee is boiled twice in succession, taking care to remove the cezve from the heat between one boiling and the next. The foam can either be discarded or kept before stirring it well
  • Allow the remaining powder to settle before serving.  You can add a tablespoon of cold water to the pot after boiling twice to accelerate the process.

It is drunk from small coffee cups, once the powder has completely settled at the bottom.

MUST KNOW TIP FOR SUGER!

For each cup of coffee, use a heaping tablespoon of ground coffee. If preparing a cup with sugar, add it in the very beginning, stirring the mixture until combined. However, if one or more of the guests prefer no sugar, prepare, and pour that cup first. After returning the coffee pot to the stove, add in more sugar to suit the preferences of the remaining guests.

Turkish coffee

TIP FOR FOAM

It is customary and important to serve Turkish coffee with foam on top. When the mixture is close to a boil, use a teaspoon to transfer some of the foam into each coffee cup. Return the coffee pot to the stovetop.

HOW CAN I COOK TURKISH COFFEE?

If you are looking to learn how you will cook, brew, and make  Turkish coffee. You must read this post.

Slowly bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. This will take 3-4 minutes, so keep a close eye on it. As the coffee warms, a dark foam will build.

ADDING FLAVOR

Many enjoy their Turkish coffee flavored with spices like cardamom and cinnamon. Simply add finely ground spices to taste. Dibek, Menengic, and Turkish coffee with drop gum are also well-known types. You can check other types from here.

SERVING TURKISH COFFEE

  • Always serve Turkish coffee with cold (or room temperature) water because a sip of water will allow the person to clear his/her palate before drinking coffee for the best enjoyment. In addition to water, most people like to serve it with a small sweet treat like Turkish delights, chocolate, candy, etc.
  • When serving it is important to start with the eldest guest in the room. It is a sign of respect to acknowledge their age and considered disrespectful not to do so.
  • Since this type of coffee is much denser than filtered coffee, it is not customary to drink more than one cup. You can add milk or cream to your coffee, but to be honest, nobody in Turkey add milk or cream to their coffee.