What Turkish Coffee is and How to Make It

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Turkish coffee is a celebrated ritual, a symbol of hospitality, and a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Turkey and the Middle East. Curious to try some? Let’s delve into what makes Turkish coffee special and how you can prepare it at home.

The Essence of Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee is prepared using very finely ground coffee beans, unfiltered, combined with water, and cooked in a special pot called a ‘cezve’ or ‘ibrik’. A key characteristic of Turkish coffee is the layer of grounds that settles at the bottom of the cup, which is left behind after drinking. Turkish coffee often includes flavors of cardamom, and in some regions, it may also include spices like cinnamon or cloves, adding to its distinctive taste.

How to Make Turkish Coffee

  1. To make Turkish coffee, combine cold water, finely ground Turkish coffee, sugar, and cardamom in a cezve. 
  2. Heat gently without stirring until the sugar dissolves, then stir. Watch closely to avoid boiling; you’re aiming for a slow heat to develop a dark foam. 
  3. Before boiling, skim the foam into cups. 
  4. Return the cezve to heat until it nearly boils again, then pour into cups. 
  5. Let it settle before serving with a cup of water and something sweet on the side.