Turkish Coffee

With some basic equipment and a little know-how, it’s a cinch to make this great-tasting cup of coffee (which is known in Turkish as Türk kahvesi) at home.

How to Make Turkish Coffee

What you’ll need:

A coffee pot known as an (Ibrik)
Freshly roasted coffee
Conical burr or Turkish coffee grinder

To make, use a conical burr grinder or Turkish coffee grinder to grind freshly roasted coffee beans into an extra fine grind with the coarseness of powder. If you prefer, you can skip this step and buy pre-ground, ready to use coffee. (Don’t worry about losing aesthetic appeal by not grinding yourself; even in Turkey, most people buy pre-ground coffee to save time.)

Next, boil water in an ibrik. Remove from heat and add coffee and sugar, then put back on to boil for an additional 2-3 times. Spoon foam into a cup, and then pour in remaining coffee. Let the coffee cool and wait for grounds to settle to the bottom of the cup before drinking.

Serving Turkish Coffee

When serving Turkish coffee, always divide the foam evenly among the drinkers (in some Eastern countries, it is an insult to serve Turkish coffee without foam), and present with a glass of water so your guests can clean their mouths before tasting the coffee. Pair with cookies or muffins. Keep in mind that Turkish coffee is never served with cream or milk.

Ibriks, Turkish coffee grinders, and Turkish coffee beans are widely available online and from specialty grocery stores. Expect to pay $40 for a quality ibrik and $70 for a well-made Turkish grinder, or forego these expenses entirely by preparing Turkish coffee in a straight-walled saucepan using pre-ground coffee.

With a little practice, you’ll be whipping up delicious Turkish coffee that’s sure to impress your guests. Enjoy sharing this international coffee treat with family and friends. Afiyet Olsun! (Bon Appetit!)

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