What is Turkish Coffee?
* Turkish coffee is the world’s oldest coffee brewing technique invented by Turks in the 16th century. It is not a coffee bean type; it is a method of preparing coffee.
* Turkish coffee is the original gourmet coffee that has a very flavorful aroma and strong fragrance.
*Turkish coffee has a 500-year old history, an inspiring culture, and rich traditions. For Turks, coffee is not simply a drink, it's a lifestyle.
* Turkish coffee uses the finest grind available, even finer than espresso.
* Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are boiled in a pot called cezve, usually with sugar, and served in a small cup similar to espresso cups. * Turkish coffee is unfiltered, so you are basically drinking the coffee grinds. Studies suggest that it has more health benefits than any other coffee types, as it is a strong antioxidant when consumed without sugar.
* One Turkish coffee has much less caffeine than a regular brewed 8oz. coffee, so you can enjoy couple of cups a day.
* Turkish coffee is the only coffee that can be used to predict the future. Coffee reading is a centuries old ritual, and very common practice in Turkey.
*The first coffee house ever was opened in Istanbul in 1554.
* Turks introduced coffee to Europe in the 17th century and later the coffee culture was spread to the Americas (18th century).
*In 2015, Turkish coffee was appointed to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List as a living heritage. It has symbolized peace, hospitality, and friendship for over 500 years.
* A famous Turkish proverb says a cup of Turkish coffee is remembered with appreciation for 40 years, which means offering a cup of coffee binds a strong friendship.
How to make foamy Turkish coffee?
Just like any good cocktail drink, an experienced hand and a good preparation is key for a delicious experience. So is the importance of the right mix and timing for a one of a kind Turkish coffee. It's said that the foamier the Turkish coffee is, the better is its taste and quality.
It's very important to have the right ingredients. Here's a list of things you will need:
Very fine powder Turkish coffee (1 full teaspoon for each cup)
Fresh water (Cold is preferred, you can also have sparkling water to make it foamier)
(one coffee cup of water for each person)
(if used, add two teaspoons of sugar per person for medium-sweet)
Items needed: small demitasse coffee cups (like espresso cups) and a long handled copper pot called cezve.
1. Time required is about 2-3 minutes
- Put one coffee cup of water and one full teaspoon of coffee for each person into the pot
- The amount of sugar must be determined before you begin. If you like it with sugar you need to put it in the pot before you cook it; two heaping teaspoon of sugar for each person would be enough if you like medium sweet. Or if you prefer it without sugar, simply skip the sugar.
- Put everything into the pot and stir well.
- Use very low heat and bring the coffee slowly to boil.
- As it boils, the froth forms on top. Just before it overflows, remove the pot from the heat and divide the froth into the coffee cups with a teaspoon.
- Bring the rest of the coffee to boil again and pour equally into the cups.
- You can now serve and enjoy your coffee!
** TurkishCoffeeLady’s advice – Turkish coffee is considered as an ancient art. Make the coffee with love and discover authenticity!