The aroma of a freshly brewed cup of creamy and bold Turkish coffee has been captivating the senses since the 1500s.
And now you can experience this unique flavor in your own home, in under 15 minutes.
I’ve got just the recipe that will have you brewing this unique type of coffee, so get ready – it’s time to learn how make an aromatic and delicious cup of traditional Turkish coffee.
What is Turkish Coffee?
Turkish coffee is traditionally brewed in a copper coffee pot called a cezve/ibrik – a small pot with a long handle. Even though you only need finely ground coffee, water, and probably some sugar, it takes longer to prepare than other coffee types you’re used to.
It is known for its strong, bitter flavor, and slightly sweet aftertaste. The coffee is brewed slowly over low heat, served in small cups, and the grinds left over can even be used to tell your fortune.
Turkish coffee has a rich history, with its origins traced back to the mid-1500s. It quickly became popular within Ottoman society and during this time professional baristas known as “Kahveci Usta” began preparing Turkish Coffee for palace dwellers and high ranking officials throughout the empire. In the 1650’s, however, the Grand Vizier issued laws to shut down the coffee houses due to fears of subversive activities taking place in them.
Today, Turkish Coffee is still seen as an integral part of many cultural traditions including marriage ceremonies where brides prepare special cups of raw ground beans mixed with sugar or salt depending on their intention… Something that will certainly leave both families involved feeling satisfied 😉
What Do You Need to Make Turkish Coffee?
Turkish coffee is traditionally made with only two ingredients:
- filtered water
You need to grind your beans extra-fine for Turkish coffee.
That’s all you need. Additionally, you can add aromatic spices and sweeteners to improve the flavor like:
- sugar and cardamom
- vanilla powder
How to Make Turkish Coffee
There is only one bare-bones way to brew delicious Turkish coffee. You can start by following the quick and easy recipe below.
What Kind of Cup Should Turkish Coffee Be Served In?
You can use the demitasse serving cup most of the time. They’re perfect for holding strong, concentrated brews like Turkish coffees and espressos.
However, suppose you want a more authentic experience. In that case, you can use the Turkish coffee cup called the “fincan.” They’re thicker than your standard cups (useful to keep it hot longer), handmade, and generally look better because of their unique design.
Tips to Improve Your Traditional Turkish Coffee Brew
- Turkish coffee is often served alongside something sweet like “lokum” (Turkish delight) or chocolates, so make sure to pair it with these desserts.
- Use extra-finely ground coffee beans. Make sure the consistency of the coffee is ground so finely that it resembles flour. Burr grinders do this job well. However, if you don’t have equipment available, a Nutribullet will do the trick.
- Use medium or dark-roast arabica beans.
- Never brew it with milk, or put it anywhere near milk if you’re trying to make authentic Turkish coffee. Turks would scream at you internally if you did.
- For the best Turkish coffee experience, I also recommend cleansing your palate before drinking the coffee.
- Additionally, since it’s so strong, I recommend serving one cup of water to go with your coffee. No matter how delicious this coffee is, you’ll eventually feel overwhelmed by its concentrated taste.
This simple recipe is a fast and convenient way to immerse yourself in a centuries-old culture while never having to leave the house. With just a few ingredients and a bit of patience, you, too, can have a perfect cup of Turkish coffee that can rival coffee shops.
Let me know how your brew went by commenting below!