Since 2013 the Turkish coffee is listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO:
The tradition itself is a symbol of hospitality, friendship, refinement and entertainment that permeates all walks of life.
For example, Turkish coffee plays an important role in engagement ceremonies. When the bridegroom’s family is coming over to visit the girl’s family to ask the hand off the girl and blessing for the marriage the bride prepares and serves the Turkish coffee for the guests. She puts salt in the groom’s coffee to test his character, if he is drinking the coffee without any sign of distaste he is assumed to be patient.
This week I finally bought the equipment for preparing Turkish coffee. A copper cezve (the pot where you are cooking the coffee), two cups and of course ground Turkish coffee!
How to prepare Turkish coffee for two persons?
- 2 teaspoons ground Turkish coffee
- 2 coffee cups really cold water
- Sugar depends on how sweet you like it
- Put two coffee cups cold water in the pot, add sugar and the Turkish coffee. Mix the ingredients well and heat it slowly.
- When the first foam starts to appear, remove the pot from the heat and take the foam with a spoon and distribute it in the two cups. Heat the coffee again and take it from the heat before it starts to cook and fill the Turkish coffee in the cups.
- Serve it with two cups of water. People drink water and clear their tounges before drinking the coffee so that they can taste it better. A good match is also Turkish delight!
In the last year I drank many Turkish coffees in different places and I would like to share some of my favorites. At first I had to get used to this strong type of coffee, but now I became a real fan.
This coffee was definitely the best Turkish coffee I ever had! I drank it while a weekend trip to Ankara in Brown café & bistro. It was a special type of coffee called Dibek kahvesi, it is ground in a mortar and mixed with cardamom and coconut, which gives him a special flavor.
A visit in a traditional Turkish coffee shop in Eminönü. I especially like the copper cups and the colorful tablecloth.
This was in a famous Turkish coffee shop in a side street of the İstiklal caddesi, called Mandabatmaz, with tasty coffee. Across our table people were reading from the leftover coffee ground, which is a method of fortune telling.
When you’re ordering a Turkish coffee you can choose between different degrees of sweetness: sade (no sugar), az şekerli (little sugar), orta şekerli (medium sugar) and çok şekerli (much sugar).
Enjoy your Turkish coffee either at home or in a café! Do you have favorite places to drink Turkish coffee in Istanbul?
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