December 16, 2008

Photo Guide: How to Make Turkish Coffee

This is a photo guide showing how you can make Turkish coffee by using a pot. But, please don't forget that you can find a number of different recipes to make Turkish coffee. Actually, there isn't a single best way to brew Turkish coffee. This variety gives you chance of creating your own coffee according to your taste and preferences.

Before starting, to learn more about how to make Turkish coffee you can read this article.

Turkish coffee (finest coffee powder)*
Cold water
Sugar (if it's desired)

* I assume you're using roasted and ground Turkish coffee. Of course, if you can roast and grind your own coffee beans, it will always give you fresher coffee taste. To learn more about grinding process, you can take a look at Turkish hand grinders post.

Pot (cezve), Heating device, Teaspoon, Coffee cup (fincan).

That's all. Now we can start brewing! :-)

Step 1
Fincan - Turkish coffee cup Okay! We're starting, get ready! :) Get your cold water and fill up your coffee cup with it.

Step 2
Cezve - Turkish coffee pot Pour water into your pot.

Step 3Turkish coffee
If you want to add sugar, this is the time. If you are hesitant about amount of sugar to be added, start with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Then change according to your experience.

Step 4
Turkish coffee Now, it's time to pour Turkish coffee. Here I'm using ground coffee. Traditionally, you should put 2 teaspoons coffee (about 5 gram). My spoon doubles teaspoon, so I put only one spoon of coffee.

Step 5

Turkish coffee Okay, now tricky part is starting :) Heating is a very significant step in making Turkish coffee. Actually, it's not hard, but you've to pay attention. Put your pot on low flame. If you take your eye off during the brewing process, then it can overflow in a blink of the eye :-)

Step 6
Turkish coffee
When you put your pot on flame, stir mixture for once (about one or two seconds) to get a homogeneous liquid.

Step 7
How to brew Turkish coffee When the coffee almost boils, pour some of it into the coffee cup by using your teaspoon to get the foam. If you make coffee for more than one cup, then pour it equally among the cups. Allow the remaining coffee to brew a while longer before adding it to the cups. Actually, you can repeat this process 2 or 3 times. It depends on your patience :) Rule of thumb is 3 times. Thinking behind this step is to have good quality foam. My suggestion is to start with only one time, if it's your first times.

Step 8
How to make Turkish coffee easily If you come until this step, it means you're so close to drink a cup of delicious Turkish coffee! :) As you noticed, Turkish style does not have a filtering process at any time. So, it is better to wait for a while (between 30 seconds to a minute) before drinking your coffee to let the coffee grounds settle at the bottom of the cup. By the way, the coffee grounds sink to the bottom shouldn't be consumed.

Now you can enjoy your coffee! :-) By the way, please don't forget drinking Turkish coffee shouldn't be done in hurry. Take a seat in a comfortable chair and then take a sip from your coffee to enjoy the moment! :)

Afiyet Olsun! (Bon Appetite!)

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sjmbray-ads said...

Turkish coffee is an acquired taste, at least to Europeans. Once acquired, however, it becomes the coffee of choice for discerning drinkers.

The coffee to be avoided at all cost, however, is Instant Nescafe made the Turkish way.

I wrote about it in a curmudgeonly way here:

neo said...

This is super cool.

My roommate in college used to make Turkish coffee around 9pm during finals week. It looks from this post like he followed the authentic process. Thanks for listing the recipe over at gretchenspanty.

Jason said...

Very nice blog ... thanks for the information!

Mahir said...

Neo and Jason, thank you for your nice words... It's good to hear you enjoy the recipe.

Turkish coffee saved my life many times during the finals too :)

eoe said...

I was searching for some Turkish recipes and came upon your blog. Wow! I'm impressed. I did not realize that making a small pot of Turkish coffee is almost an art form. I will now keep my eyes open for a pot that you showed in your photos. I will try and experiment and check out whether Turkish coffee is, once you've tried it, becomes, as one of your commenters claims: "the coffee of choice".

I will visit your blog more often from now on to learn more about Turkish coffee and coffee-making.

Cheers, Mahir.

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Very nice blog. I need to take some time to read everything in the blog while probably drinking my Turkish coffee.

Mahir said...

Eoe and Mediterranean Turkish Cook, thank you for your comments.

Eoe, I hope you'll easily find a pot. I don't know where you live, but I'm sure you can find after a little search. For example, when I live in a little Upstate NY town, I found a Turkish coffee pot at a tiny grocery store under the name of `Turkish warmer`.

Let me know when you start your first Turkish coffee experiments :)

Coffee Percolators said...

A cup of Turkish coffee is endowed with a variety of important connotations for Turks: friendship, affection and sharing. This is best illustrated in the old saying: "A single cup of coffee can create a friendship that lasts for 40 years". Turkish coffee is such an intrinsic part of Turkish culture that it has given its name to the word for breakfast, "kahvaltı", which translates as "before coffee", and is derived from the words "kahve" (coffee) and "altı" (before).

Coffee Desserts said...

I'd love to make this Turkish Coffee indeed! It's rainy season over here.
It would be so lovely on a nice rainy evening, I sit back, relax, watching a nice movie and drinking your Turkish Coffee...whoa! Thanks a ton, I'd love to share this with my family.

Mahir said...

Coffee Percolators,

Thank you for sharing the information. You're absolutely right. Coffee is definitely a cultural icon in Turkish life style.

You're more than welcome, if you want to add a post here. It seems you know a lot about Turkish coffee. :)

Roland said...

Great to see information going up on Turkish coffee. I now have a cup of Turkish coffee most mornings, after discovering it a couple of years back.

I grind my coffee in the morning (it's well worth doing, as is trying specialist/single origin coffees - I get most of mine from, and generally use a fraction more - about 6g to a cup.

Thanks for the blog and I look forward to seeing more in the future!

Irina Ivon said...

Hi. I am trying to learn to make Turkish coffee and am having difficulty acheiving the foam covering. I have been trying daily for 2 weeks now. :( My coffee tastes delicious, but the foam is not correct. I have a proper ibrik, a proper hand grinder and good coffee beans. Unfortunately, I have an electric stove. I put the burner on medium, and the heating process takes about 10 minutes. (This seems to produce the best taste, although I have experimented also with stronger heat.) At the foaming point, I try to scoop out the foam into the cups, but there never seems to be as much as in the photos, and it does not last long. Also, after teh initial foaming, I find the coffee will not foam again.

Can you help me? I really want to learn. Thank you! Irina

Oscar said...

Oddly enough, my first cup of Turkish coffee had a top that vaguely resembled the crescent and star.

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Oscar it is an interesting coincidence! First Turkish coffe and there were crescent and star. :)

I wish you took a photo of the cup...

Poor Taste said...

I've always wanted to make Turkish coffee on my own, but thought it would be much more complicated than this. Thanks for this post!

Lizbeth said...

Good stuff! Keep up the work on posts like this one.......I enjoyed it, and I forward to more.