How to Make Turkish Coffee at Home

Dec 10, 2017 by

Turkish coffee

Anyone who has had a cup of Turkish coffee will tell you that it is unforgettable. The exceptional taste, body, and aroma of this coffee come from preparation that has been perfected over hundreds of years. There are few coffee houses that will serve Turkish coffee because it demands meticulous preparation which does no blend well into the fast coffee culture. The good news is that you can learn to brew your own exquisite cup of Turkish coffee right at home.

What you need
Turkish coffee is best made from Arabica coffee beans. The best brands are from East Africa and Central America. You will need medium roast beans as the beans are roasted again during preparation. You will need a coffee grinder. Antique Turkish hand coffee grinders keep the tradition but are scarce and very expensive, so it is probably best to buy a modern electric grinder that has a Turkish grind setting. The coffee is roasted to a medium light level then ground very finely. You will also need a Turkish coffee pot known as a cezve. The coffee is best served in a small coffee cup (1.7 ounces) called a fincan.

Turkish coffee grounds

Preparing 1 cup

  • Use the fincan to measure water and pour into the cezve
  • Add 1 heaping teaspoon per fincan but do not stir. Let the coffee float on the water.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of sugar per measure of water
  • Heat the pot over a flame until the coffee starts to sink to the bottom of the pot and the sugar begins to dissolve
  • Stir the coffee for about a minute and stop. Let it steep for 3-4 minutes and turn the heat to low.
  • Stir again until the coffee starts to foam. The coffee will make a foam ring of very small bubbles. Don’t let the coffee boil but keep it hot just below the boiling point while stirring to make a thick foam.
  • Keep controlling the heat by moving the pot away from the heat when it is close to boiling. You can let it brew for longer to get the best from the coffee grounds.
  • When you are satisfied with the look of the froth, pour the coffee into the fincan with swift movements to preserve the foam
  • Serve the coffee with a cup of fresh water which is used to clear the palate so that the coffee can be fully savored

Turkish coffee is best enjoyed over banter with friends just like it has been in Turkey and the Middle East for ages.

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