How to: Turkish Coffee

24-Jul-2015

According to a Turkish proverb, “Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love“.

Coffee is a very integral part of Turkish culture. In some regions, your fortune is told by the placement of the coffee grinds left in the cup! Turkish Coffee has even found a spot on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

And now, you can make the Turkish brew in your own kitchen with coffee from The Flying Squirrel.

Servings: 1

Ingredients:  

1 small cup of filtered water – cold to room temperature

1.5 heaped teaspoon medium roast, extra fine ground coffee. We recommend: The Flying Squirrel’s Sunkissed grind size: 3.

1/8th teaspoon ground cardamom or 1 cardamom pod

Sugar/sweetener to taste

Method: 

In an ibrik/cevze or a small-radius saucepan, pour in the water. Add coffee, sugar and cardamom. Give it a quick stir, turn on the heat and set it to medium. Do not stir ever, once the coffee is on the fire.

After a short while, you will begin to see the contents in the saucepan begin to rise. Take it off briefly until it settles down, and then bring it back onto the fire. This is to develop a nice, clean crema.

Once you notice the coffee grounds settling to the bottom of the pan, take it off the heat and pour gently into a small cup. Try not to get too much of the grounds into the cup. Don’t stir!

Clean your palate with some cool drinking water, and enjoy your freshly brewed Turkish Coffee.

Tips:

  • To enjoy it like the Turkish do, drink your Turkish Coffee at the end of a meal. It not only aids digestion, but also ensures you won’t feel drowsy after your meal.
  • Turkish Coffee is enjoyed best in demitasse cups which hold 60-75 ml of liquid.
  • Decide before preparing just how sweet you want your coffee to be. Once prepared, adding sugar to Turkish Coffee and stirring the foam and the grounds again will essentially ruin the drink.
  • Don’t rush. Sit back, relax and sip your coffee slowly to get the most out of it.
  • When you reach the grounds, stop. Invert your cup on your saucer and let drain. If the dregs are in your favour, you could win coffee for an entire year! Check out our contest here