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How to Make Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee is poured into a cup

Discover how to brew Turkish coffee and take a trip through history with your next morning cup.

One of the oldest brewing methods around, Turkish coffee brings a rich history that newer methods, like AeroPress or even the French Press, don't have.

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Hundreds of years ago, coffee made its first appearance in Ethiopia.

Since that first taste, coffee drinkers have spread all over the world experimenting and making coffee their own. Turkey was one of the first places that coffee traveled.

Although any coffee variety is acceptable, like with all coffee, choosing quality beans that have been freshly roasted and freshly ground will drastically enhance the flavor of your beverage.

medium roasted coffee beans

 

If you decide on beans from Africa, their earthy flavor will shine through. For a fun twist, try a light-medium roast Costa Rican coffee.

With Turkish coffee, the beans are ground exceptionally fine. Turkish coffee is ground to a powder, making it even finer than espresso coffee.

Turkish coffee refers to the method of brewing, not the flavor or type of beans.

ibrik pot

The coffee powder and water are added to an ibrik pot (called a cezve pot in Turkey) and brought to a boil.

An essential part of Turkish coffee is brewing the coffee with the sweetener. When using sugar in your drink, it should be added to the pot before boiling. Adding the sugar at this stage relieves the need for a serving spoon.

Often, Turkish coffee recipes include cardamom. Put a pinch in your drink for a fun treat.

cardamom seeds

 

For Turkish coffee in your own home, try this recipe:

You will need:

Ibrik pot

1 tablespoon of Finely ground coffee

I cup of Water

Sugar (if using)

2 Small coffee cups (demitasses)

Milk (if using)

How to Brew Turkish Coffee

1.

First, bring the water and sugar to boil in the ibrik pot.

2.

Then add coffee grounds and, if using, cardamom.

3.

Bring mixture back to boil.

4.

Once foam forms, remove from heat.

5.

 

Pour mixture into the two cups and let the grounds settle to the bottom

6.

Enjoy!

a cup of turkish Coffee

*Remember not to stir the coffee after you have poured it into your cups.

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